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Postgame Quotes Kansas State vs. Texas

Feb. 12, 2014

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Kansas State Head Coach & Player Quotes
Head Coach Deb Patterson
Opening statement. . .
“I thought we competed hard in the second half. I thought the first half we were a little inconsistent in regards to our intensity. The story as far as I am concerned was the rebounds. The offensive rebounds that we did not get and we allowed them to get a lot of offensive rebounds in the first half. Overall they had 25 defensive rebounds. We are not shooting the ball well enough to not go get those rebounds. We have got to find a way to be more effective to give ourselves extra possessions. Tonight that was an issue. Tonight the timeliness for it there—it is never a good time to have a turnover, but I thought some of our turnovers tonight were just difficult to deal with. Again we are not a good enough basketball team to not rebound the ball and turn it over to limit our possessions even further. I thought we did some things well, but against a team like Texas it is just not enough.”

On Kansas State’s overall performance...
“We battled back and got that game tight, and we just needed a few more possessions and make some stops. But we had three empty possessions right when we needed to have a bounce in our step to get the ball moving and to get some pressure on Texas – we were pretty stagnant in the end. I thought Ashlynn (Knoll) came in and did a nice job in the post for some minutes. I thought overall we made them work harder for points in the paint in the second half. We did get good offensive minutes from Ashlynn, but shooting 19- of -50 will not win a lot of games. You have to make more shots and create additional shot opportunities that we just did not get with the lack of rebounding tonight.”

On Texas’ defensive pressure…
“We had more difficulty creating easy looks. I think we had some touches inside that should have gone in, but they made the decisions sometimes to shoot over the wrong shoulder and not to kick it out when we had a good in-and-out opportunity. Those are just some decisions that we have to go in and see on film. We did not get as many open look threes that did not go in tonight and open look shots that we usually get. We took some guarded threes and made them tonight—but overall our offense was here and there.”

Senior Forward Katya Leick
On frustrations of coming up short…
“It is really frustrating, especially because I feel like we did not execute on some of our plays. I think we had spots where we were able to defend them and they were not able to score as much. We did not execute on the offensive end to get that momentum going.”

On goals for the rest of the season…
“I am not counting the post-season out yet. We still have games to play and we still have an opportunity to have the same record or a game or so better than last year. I am looking for the next game. I am looking to compete and I am looking to get a win. I think that is a mindset that you need to have as a team and as a whole. You need to take each game as it goes. Whatever happens at the end of the season happens at the end of the season, but what we control right now is each game and what we do at practice tomorrow and to prepare for Texas Tech.”

Texas Head Coach Quotes
Head Coach Karen Aston
Opening statement…
“I thought it was a hard fought game that our team pretty much just grinded out. It was tough. It was not our best performance, but again credit to K-State. I thought they defended us very well. They defended our penetration, which has been pretty good recently. They made us take a lot of jump shots tonight, which was sort of what I thought we were living and dying off of. I thought we gutted it out. We had a better stretch of defense in the last seven to eight minutes. We sort of turned our attention towards defending a little bit better. We had trouble defending penetration against them, which we knew that we would, but I thought we gutted it out again. We had some players give us some lift off the bench. Imani McGee was good off the bench for us and gave us some good minutes. Nekia Jones was obviously fantastic off the bench and that was probably the difference.”

On the team’s play…
“I thought we were okay. We just were a little undisciplined defensively. We know what their tendencies are and what they are trying to do and we were not disciplined enough to stop it on enough possessions. Again, credit to them – I think they are improving every night. I know how it is to have a young team. We are young and every day is a new day when you are young.”

On Chassidy Fussell’s final three-pointer…
“We ran a set that we had not run all night and have not run a whole lot recently. We had been running a lot of on-ball action, a lot of spread offense and penetrating. They were not allowing us to do that, so we decided to run something with more screening action and it worked out. Chassidy (Fussell) got a good shot in the corner – she made a good read.”

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