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March 25, 2013

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Kansas State Head Coach and Player Quotes
Head Coach Deb Patterson
Opening statement…
“Well we are excited to get that second win in WNIT play. Tonight I thought we did it not nearly as playing as well as we are capable of playing. Illinois State fought hard. They really put some pressure on us on the defensive end of the floor. They continued to compete for the full 40 minutes. One of the things that helped separate us was the rebounding number. We certainly needed those extra possessions in the second half. I thought we really struggled to be a good team offensively tonight. We had little moments of it in the first half, and we did not see much of it in the second half. That is where our ability to get those defensive boards is very critical. We knew that they were going to keep coming at us. They did nice job inside and out. Obviously they are a very sound, aggressive and competitive Illinois State team. They are not going to go away. You saw that as they continued to press you. No one is going to go away that easy in the tournament.”

On the aggressiveness of tonight’s game…
“I think we are so used to games being so physical, I did not think it was a whole lot different. We were struggling so much that it became so individually dominant with the ball in a lot of possessions. Some ball screens encouraged a little more physical play and the lack of flow. Sometimes I think we ask for it. It was a game in which you look at the stats and Illinois State outscored us in the second half. Our assist numbers were low. That probably led to the game being more physical and looking physical because we were very disjointed. Whoever we had in possession of the ball, they were on an island or they were on their own planet. It was a very ugly game for us offensively tonight. I agree with that perception of being physical. If you look at our assist numbers, it just was a real struggle to get on track and to play at the level that we are capable of when we are at our best. It did look like we were in mud and it did look physical play was putting us there. I think that was more us than anything.”

On playing Ball State …
“They are different. They run a lot of motion. They play fast, hard and move the ball. They can be very effective in the frame of their screening. Illinois State tends to pound the ball in more as you saw and rely little on the perimeter on the outside. They stretch you in and out. They will break you down on the dribble some. You see more of a predictable play. I think when you line up against a Ball State and you are looking at a team that plays the motion they do, it is night and day quite frankly in styles. We know they beat a great Minnesota basketball team at Minnesota. We are going to have to be at our best and be significantly better than we were tonight.”

Senior Guard Brittany Chambers
On the physicality of the game…
“We talked about that. Getting rebounds helped us get more possessions to get that lead and getting that many shots. (Chantay) Caron got some and (Heidi) Brown did too, so that was a good sign for us. Like we said, off the ball we played well and went after loose balls. We got steals that were huge and that took the wind out of their sails. That was huge for us.”

Over the frustration of the lack of offense…
“We were just slow offensively. Not running plays right, I over dribbled, not cutting hard to get to the ball. We were not doing the little things to get the offense to run smoothly. We were not getting into position when the ball was coming towards us. It was a lack of intensity. I think in the first half we brought that, but in the second half we died a little bit, got the lead and relaxed too much. We cannot do that against an Illinois State team that works really hard no matter how far down they are. We have to come back and be ready to work at the pace we started the game with and not let the lead dwindle down where it was in the second half.”

On being back at .500 for the first time in a couple months…
“It felt great. We have one of the toughest schedules in the country. We never looked at our record. It was not a representation of what we could be. We have played unbelievable teams. It feels great to be at 17-17 on the season. I feel like people could underestimate us based on our record which would be their mistake because we have played the toughest teams in the country.”

Illinois State Coach and Player Quotes
Head Coach Stephanie Glance
Opening Statement…
“First of all, credit to Kansas State and to Deb and her coaching staff for the job they have done with their players this year with all the injuries that they have had to overcome and compensate for. They found a great offensive system to go to and they just want to outscore you from the 3-point line. They have done a great job of doing that, so credit to Kansas State. It probably was not our best offensive performance tonight. I did feel that in the second half, we competed at a much higher level than we did in the first half. We probably did what we needed to do, defensively. We held them to 22 percent from the floor in the second half. We just did not score in a way that we normally score, so that is disappointing for us because it probably cost us in some big ways. I hate that we did not bring our best game to compete with Kansas State tonight.”

On K-State outrebounding Illinois State…
“Well, they are aggressive and they battle. We did not do a very good job of boxing out. They are going to just come after it and come after it. They have had to fight and they have had to play that way because of their injuries, so I said to our team at halftime, ‘They have seven players and they are gritty and gutsy.’ They found a way to battle on the boards, to hit threes, to make assists, to defend, so it is a credit to them and the way they have found that works for them this year in a very adverse situation.”

On defending Chambers in the second half…
“Well, she still had 28 points, she is a great player. I felt like our defense was better in the second half. I felt like we had a lot better focus. We were working much for effectively than we were in the first half to keep her outside the paint to help and rotate correctly the way we are supposed to, so we did a great job of that in the second half. She is a great player and is tough to stop, but I felt like we did what we needed to do on the defensive end in the second half. We just could not score.”

On taking advantage of Kansas State’s size…
“When you have a size advantage, we did not know if Kansas State would play off our guards, let us get it inside or if they would double once we got it inside. When the game started we thought we could get it inside then yes it is our plan most of the year. We were effective when we went inside, we just were not effective from the perimeter tonight with some of our players and that really hurt us. We were able to get it inside and we were productive inside.”

Sophomore Forward Janae Smith
On if she took advantage of her size…
“Yes. My teammates passed it to me and I was able to score effectively in the post. If it was working, I wanted to keep doing that. I think I did that for the most part tonight and I thank my teammates for that.”

On the difficulty of defending Kansas State’s five guards…
“We have a couple of teams in our conference that try to do that against us and we just try to play against it as well as we can. We tried to go zone and I actually think at the end we started playing better with the man defense. We got more pumped to play better, so that helped. I think defense is all about how hard you want to work and if you put it in your head that you really want to work hard, then you can stick anybody.”