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Kansas State vs. Iowa State Postgame Quotes


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Feb. 23, 2013

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Kansas State Head Coach and Player Quotes

Kansas State Head Coach Deb Patterson
Opening statement…
“First off, I want to thank all the people of Manhattan and the surrounding communities that supported our Play 4 Kay initiative today. To see all of the pink in the stands and everyone rallying together on behalf of a tremendous and very important cause for everyone. Unfortunately today we were not very good today on the offensive end of the floor, and I know you might say the same thing about the defensive end. I felt like the difference for us was that we did not compete very well on the boards, and offensively we just were not at our best. Against a team like Iowa State, you have to be all over your game, and tonight we were not. As always, I thought they were very machine-like and they got a lot of touches. Chelsea (Poppens), Hallie (Christofferson) and Anna (Prins) put a lot of pressure on us. Consequently, when those three’s go in and out, passes go inside-outside for them, or they get a good ball reversal or skip, after all of that pressure they put on the inside, it makes that three ball look really easy on the outside. Their kids stepped up and made those shots. So, it was a challenging night for us, but a great comeback in terms of our effort in the second-half after a very difficult first-half for us.”

On Iowa State’s post play …
“It was hard. It was a repeat of what we saw when we played there. You try to have answers, but more so with any team in the league with that kind of size, those mismatches and the fact that you have to guard the three, you have to make a decision with them. We told these kids we were going to try to help them out inside, and it just did not happen at the level we had hoped. They pretty much just spread you because you are afraid of their three point shots. They were so good at making them, and they were in a rhythm. They had great composure and confidence on the offensive end. It was point blank going inside. What could we do? Chantay (Caron) goes to the bench, and our tallest player is 5-foot-8 technically. Mariah (White) is battling like no other in there and playing inside and outside with a warrior mentality. We had a much better second -half then first-half. We did a good job of igniting our team in the second half. ”

On the Play 4Kay Initiative …
“Just to see our team come out there in pink, and to know that these young ladies are going to be such an acute awareness to the families that they are going to have or the families that they are already a part of. The fans in the stands are such a big part of this initiative. It is early detection, prevention, awareness, communication, not taking anything for granted and especially, in the athletic community where there is such a great network, these girls are going to go out into the world, and they will never have a network as tight-knit as they have now. Thousands of people come into the stands wearing pink, and they are wearing those pink jerseys. We just hope it really spreads the message of early detection, prevention and contributing to the research dollars through programs such as Jimmy V and the Play 4 Kay initiative that help find an active way to impact our community in the fight against cancer.”

On Iowa State’s conference standing…
“I would not say it surprises me. I just continue to have such great respect for what they have done and how they compete. I also like their toughness and what they bring to the floor and how much better everyone on the floor is from year-to-year the growth and development. This is a team that is playing with tremendous confidence. They play extremely well together. In their own way, they play as aggressive as anybody you will line up against. It sounds strange to say that because we have super athletic teams out there including West Virginia, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Baylor. Yet Iowa State plays with its own intensity, physicality and athleticism. They maximize their possessions, and they maximize their size. It never surprises me when Iowa State is competing at the very top of the league because that is really, very typical of that program, the staff and the players that compete there.”


Senior Guard Mariah White
On Play 4Kay …
“Like Coach P said, we are just happy to be playing. We just wanted to let everyone know that we support the people who have cancer, and we are out there playing for them.”

On first-half shooting struggles…
“I think it was a little bit of everything. Shots were not falling, and we did not play hard.”


Junior Forward Chantay Caron
On defending Iowa State…
“It is really hard to defend them because they are a good shooting team. They do have big size, and we are undersized in the post. We really did work in the second-half to try and make it better and defend it better. The first-half we really struggled because they were hitting three’s, and they were getting inside and making layups as they wanted. We just struggled with their size, and I think that on Tuesday we are going to do a lot better. It is just a matter of preparing and getting ready.”

On playing undersized…
“It is definitely not the first time. We are pretty much undersized every game. You get used to it, but every post brings something different. You can get used to it, but you also cannot.”


Iowa State Head Coach and Player Quotes

Iowa State Head Coach Bill Fennelly
Opening statement...
“I am very proud of our team’s effort, coming off a loss on our last game, going on the road and winning a game that we needed to win to keep our hopes alive and finishing in the top half of this league. We were very business-like in our approach to the game. I thought we defended really well and offensively put ourselves in position to throw it in the post and make them guard us inside. I thought our big guys did a really good job. I thought we played a really, really solid game from start to finish, with the exception of a four to five minute stretch in the second half. I am very proud of our team and excited to get our 10th conference win.”

On their size advantage…
“Obviously we had an advantage there with Prins, Poppens and Christofferson. We wanted to see how they were going to guard us. Last time they committed a little more help and I think we did a better job this game early, spreading the court, pass-faking, skipping it to Williamson for a three and opened up the court a little bit. That is where our advantage was and you can just tell by the stat sheet, that is where we got most of our shots. That is a credit to these kids and our big guys wanting the ball and our little guys were getting it to them.”

On supporting breast cancer awareness…
“It is a huge initiative. We played three in a row: Oklahoma, we had ours and then today. Our kids have been a part of three very special events. The schools do a great job of promoting it. It is one of those things, that I hope and I have said many times, that it brings awareness today, but let’s be aware of it all the time, not just when someone is wearing a pink shirt. Let’s focus on those things in our lives on a daily basis. Certainly, it is an honor to be a part of it, but I am running out of pink stuff to wear, so it is time to move on to the cardinal and gold.”


Sophomore Forward Brynn Williamson
On the win overall…
“I think any game you go into, especially after a loss, you bounce back in, you just want to get in there and get comfortable. We have been talking about this week, it is just like a four-game season, finishing this season strong and to come in here and to get up by 27 points, that is big and it is on the road. It was a game for our post players. They do not get many breaks in this conference. They do not have many people that are their size. To get them the ball and get them their scoring, they kind of just led the momentum for the rest of the game.”

On preparing for this game…
“Honestly you guys have not been in the gym, but our last few days of practice were really good. We got in there and we kind of had the emphasis now that practice is short, but you get in there and you get what you need to get done, then you get out and rest your body. The past few days were hard work, but you can tell there was a mindset in there that we did what we needed to do today. All that was on our mind was having a 6:45 a.m. practice on Friday and a six hour bus ride. On our mind was that we were going to get there, take care of business and come home. That is what we wanted to do and I think we did that today. Regardless of not shooting this morning, I think it just goes back to this weekend’s practice. It was really good.”


Senior Center Anna Prins
On their overall performance….
“Just like Brynn and Coach said, that was our mentality; get the ball inside as much as we could. When we get it inside, keep it high and do not make the easy plays. What is really special about our team is once we do come inside, we make teams adjust. We were skipping the ball to the outside when they were helping inside and making threes. It was a fun game.”

On size advantage…
“It is funny when you are posting up and you cannot really see the person defending you, because they are so small.”