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March 3, 2012

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Kansas State Head Coach & Player Quotes
Head Coach Deb Patterson
Opening Statement…
“I want to start by saying what a privilege it has been to coach our four year seniors, Jalana Childs and Branshea Brown. They are a part of an incredible legacy of success here at Kansas State. We are extremely proud of them. I am so appreciative of the fact that they have worn and represented Kansas State and us over these last four years. We also want to thank Tasha Dickey, Emma Ostermann and JuliAnne Chilsom. They are three great seniors that stepped into the program. They played their roles extremely hard. The evolution of Tasha into our program was a difference maker. She gave us a chance this season to be competitive in the upper half of this league. It puts us in a position to go to Kansas City and be successful. We want to finish our Big 12 play on a high note. It is extremely disappointing for these seniors to leave Bramlage Coliseum in defeat, but what is important for them to remember is there is still a lot of basketball left to be played. They have left a tremendous legacy of success behind. “

On second half play…
“This was a game that I felt was a game of spurts and in the beginning of the second half, I felt we continued a run of empty possessions offensively. So as Texas Tech got physical, which Big 12 teams are going to do, they are going to come back at you. As they increased their intensity, we fed off of that lack of energy on the offensive end. Our defense got a little passive. We really struggled to score in or around the rim today. The first half was about interior passing, and the second half was about dribble penetration lodged to the rim. They just did a great job of mixing that up. Our defense was not at the level that I am accustomed to us playing. The empty possessions on offense made us a little more passive than I certainly would have expected. One-on-one dribble drives were huge this game for Texas Tech during the course of their run. They just got comfortable. It took us the better part of the second half to get consistently attack-oriented when we were making productive trips. You can only hold on for so long if your defense goes soft. Our defense today was not good, and ours with dribble drives was not good.”

Junior Guard Brittany Chambers
On the team’s seniors…
“Players like Brandy (Brown) and Jalana (Childs), I have learned from them so much. I have treasured every moment I have had with them. They are genuinely the best people in the world. I am blessed to be here with them and to share the experiences we had together. Newcomers coming in, like JuliAnne (Chilsom), who comes in and works her butt off every day. She is one of those players that you treasure in your program, same with Emma (Ostermann). Tasha (Dickey) coming in this year, like Coach P said, she is a difference maker for our team this year. She has given us that third scoring position, and again, a blessing to our team. They are all unbelievable people. They really help pull our team together.”

Senior Forward Jalana Childs
On mistakes …
“We talked about that, free throws, not stopping drives, little mess ups on defense, little mess ups on offense. Just one adjustment or doing one of those things differently such as a made free throw, the game was tied, and the game is in overtime. It was a hard fought game. Potentially next week could be my last game, but we want to win and extend the season. We have to put this game in the past and learn from it.”

On improving before the Big 12 tournament…

“I guess you can say it helps. We really have to learn from this game. We had it in our hands and we let it slip away with ourselves due to mental mishaps.”

On the seniors…

“It has been great experience for me. I played with Brandy (Brown) for all four years just us two sticking it out going through heaven and hell here at K-State. Having JuliAnne (Chilsom) here and playing basketball with her has just been awesome. Emma (Ostermann) came to camp and Tasha Dickey is a newcomer. It has just been really fun to get to know all four of them. We have a good time together. We love each other and really do support each other. It has been a great year, and we are blessed to have Coach Patterson in our lives. She has made everything perfect for us.”

Texas Tech Head Coach and Player Quotes
Head Coach Kristy Curry
Opening statement…
“We got off to kind of a slow start. You have to give credit to (K-State’s) energy and their five great seniors. They came out and they were aggressive early. We got down by 17 and as many bad things as we had happen, we just kept fighting and that has been the tale of our season. I am so thankful that these kids came out on the good end tonight. When we needed to make plays the most, we made them. It was a great game, kind of like it was in Lubbock and it was an all out Big 12 battle."

On Texas Tech’s defensive effort…
“We talked at halftime and said that we cannot give up 36 points in a half. We came out defensively and I thought we did a much better job communicating and obviously if you can shoot 50 percent, that is great. We have been extremely cold and we missed free throws but we were able to come out and get some stops and I think it was a 42-11 run. So just credit our kids for sticking together. I am really happy for them tonight.”

On her team’s improvements…
“I think that the ball went into the basket and against Oklahoma, if you look back to the film, we did everything right up until the ball left our hand. We just could not finish with a make. I liked our execution but the ball did just not go in against Oklahoma, but tonight we were able to make some shots and get some stops. It was that combination that helped us out. It was just great perseverance by our kids and I am really proud of them.”

Senior Jordan Barncastle
On gaining momentum heading into the postseason…
“This is the kind of success that we needed to have going into a big week with the Big 12 Championships. We just needed things to fall our way and that kind of happened tonight. We were able to hit some shots and that is exactly what we need as we head into the Big 12 tournament.”

On tonight’s victory…
“Coach Curry always says that it is a game of runs and it is whoever sustains the longest run. We were able to do that tonight. We hit some big shots and made some big defensive plays. We paid attention to the personal, scouting tendencies and everything that we need to be successful. Our shots were falling and that is why were successful tonight.”