K-State vs. Samford Postgame Quotes

Kansas State Head Coach and Player Quotes
Head Coach Jeff Mittie
Opening statement…
“Well the second half we played much better. We seemed to start connect better to each other offensively. I thought we made some really good basketball plays today. The first half was a slow start, which we were worried about coming off of a break. I just think we were not very certain and we did not play very aggressive and that played into their hands. I was concerned going into the second half that if we did not go into it with a better pace, better aggressiveness and a more decisiveness attitude, it might be a grind-it-out kind of game. We started out the half with an 18 to zero run, so they answered the bell right away and we have talked about that.”

On if the offense or defense helped get the 18-0 run…
“Well I think it was both, but I think offensively we had better communication out there than we have had all year. Defense was getting stops and put together an 18-0 run so you will have to have both. We got an awful lot of steals again tonight and they are seeing angles in the defense a lot better than they were a month ago. They are going to have to be better and they know that. If you are the same defensive team you are a month ago, then that is really poor. That is poor coaching by us and that is poor by them to not challenge themselves to get better every day. I think they have done that. I have said this before; we are going to be a grind it out team because we do not have that one stand out star. It is all of us, as you can see from the stats, with us having one in double figures and a few with eight and nine. We are a team that has to figure out who has the hot hand and see if we can ride them for three or four minute stretch and then find someone else.”

On offensive balance…
“I think it is necessary for this team. I do not think we have the stand out player. Bre [Lewis] has been our leading scorer, but she is just a sophomore that is still learning to play angles inside. People are playing her a variety of ways, so tonight I thought our guards picked it up at the end of the first half. [Haley] Texada made some shots, [Kindred] Wesemann made some shots and I thought Shaelyn [Martin] had a solid night. I do not know if it is what you look for, but in terms for our team we have to have a balanced effort to score points.”

Guard Shaelyn Martin
On what she thought her role would be coming into the season…
“Well, I am a lot more comfortable. Like coach said, we are communicating on offense a lot better, so I think all of us are feeling a lot more comfortable. I came in just wanting to do anything that I could and that is playing every position and I am willing to learn every position. I was coming in thinking that I just needed to learn multiple positions.”

On starting Big 12 play…
“Yeah, I am really excited just to get started. I am just excited to play in general, but like Haley [Texada] said, we are going in to some really big games and I am just really excited to see what our team can do.”

Guard Haley Texada
On starting Big 12 play…
“It is high right now. It is always fun and Big 12 always has really good competition. We are going to see a lot bigger people and faster people. I mean, I am excited.”


Samford Head Coach Quotes
Head Coach Mike Morris
On how they played…
“I thought our effort was better than it was against Kansas, the night before. Kansas State is a tough team to go against with their zone and length. I thought that we were really sloppy with the ball. I was disappointed with our execution against their zone, but they had a lot to do with it. They are a very good defensive team and their length, what they do in terms of their zone, is a big cause of that.”

On K-State’s 18-0 run in the second half…
“I thought that was the biggest part of the game. We had a couple of bad turnovers. They made a couple of threes. We really just fell apart, to be honest. We just fell apart. They stepped it up, and we could not match that. I thought, obviously, that was the difference in the game.”