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Utah vs Kansas State Postgame Quotes


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April 3, 2013

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Utah at Kansas State
K-State Head Coach and Player Quotes

Head Coach Deb Patterson
Opening Statement…
“It is sad to see it come to an end. This was a real defensive battle, or you could say a lack of production on the offensive end of the floor from our point of view. Utah did a great job of defending for the whole 40 minutes of the game and deep into overtime. I think defensively in the overtime period, they scored more points in that five minute segment then they did in the whole second half. That was critical because I think our defense lost a little bit of its mojo in overtime in a game where every basket was really so hard to come by for both teams. I thought our defense let down. I thought our offense was difficult to come by tonight, and credit Utah for that. The difference, for us, was that we got pasted on the boards particularly with second and third shots in that overtime period. Those were very critical rebounds and extra possessions they got and eventually scored off of. They dominated us on the boards, and they were more effective in that overtime period offensively than we were. In the end, that cost us.”

On defensive effort during the game…
“You go in and score 26 points and you are on track for a 52 point game. Defensively, I do not think we were really having a huge issue. I just think it looks like you are when you are going up and down and having empty possessions on offense. Offensively in the first half, we were just so inept. We really were bad. We were 22-percent from the floor in the first half and nine-percent from the three-point line. How are you even in the basketball game? Credit our team in the second half coming back and chipping away. We never really made a great run until we got down to the last three or four minutes of the game. We got a little bounce in our step and recovered a little bit, but we never got our shot making where it needed to be. There was never really a comfort level for when our shots were coming, and we did not drop them when we did get them. The first half I thought we had a lot of open and in-rhythm shots and did not drop them down. In the second half, I thought we pressed a little bit whether it was at the rim or three-point line, we just did not place. Eventually when you are being that ineffective offensively, it will catch up with you.”

On frustrations of the game…
“I thought we did a great job of battling back. We had all the momentum in the world. I thought we had a couple of good looks the last couple of possessions. Again, we got back to that inability to finish. It seemed a little disjointed as we finished those last couple of possessions. We were just really working so hard to get back to that point and were not able to separate at all. We had the momentum, but we just could not quite separate. All we needed was one more basket. Our crowd was fabulous. They gave us everything they could to help us convert. I think that what was the most frustrating at the end of regulation. In the overtime, what was really frustrating was the baseline three we gave up, the offensive rebounds we gave them and the extra chances we gave them by not boxing out.”


Senior Guard Brittany Chambers
On the flow of the game …
“We could not have played worse in the first half, and we were only down nine. So, we felt good going into halftime because we could have been down by 20 with how we were playing. I thought we fought back in the second half. It still was not that great, but it was enough to get into overtime which is all we really could have asked for at that point. Unfortunately, we did not come out aggressively at all in overtime.”

On postseason play …
“I think that with everything that we have gone through and the young players we have on the court, we are very lucky and privileged to be playing in a postseason this far. Credit to our coaches and credit to our players stepping up, working hard and not giving in. It was a tough season, and we found a way to make postseason, and we fought to make it to the final four of the WNIT.”

Senior Guard Mariah White
On sticking together throughout the season…
“It was just good to see all of us come together instead of breaking apart and falling down. We came together and put our trust in one another, and even the injured players stuck with us throughout this entire time. That was the best thing just being there for each other, being each other’s sister or best friend whenever we could.”


Utah Coach Quotes

Head coach Anthony Levrets
Opening statement…
“First of all, what a great place to play, it was a fun environment and great crowd. This is a really well-coached team, great defensively. The best someone has played us in a half all year and we are just really fortunate to come out here with a win, making just enough plays down the stretch. I am really, really, really proud of our team.”

On inside play…
“They are both good. Plouffe just got named AP All-American, again. She is very seasoned. She is an Olympian for the Canadian national team, so there are not very many things that faze her. She has kind of been through everything. She plays like that every night. Wicijowski is an incredible difficult matchup. She is much more athletic than what she seems when she is walking into the building, but they are both really good players and we do a good job, as a group, getting them the ball. As the game went on, I was really impressed with how Kansas State surrounded them and they made it hard to get them the next pass. They had a great game plan and we were fortunate to get out of here with a win.”

On playing 4 out of 5 tournament games on the road…
“We are on our way to Drexel, if you have not heard. It says a lot. This is a special group of kids. We are tough, we are smart, we had three of the five Pac 12 academic team and two honorable mention kids. We are a smart group and we are able to take information, scout, prepare and get ready quickly, because of their intelligence and how smart they are. They are good players, too. To go home with that thing we have talked about all the time, how tough we are, this is hard, this is really hard. You can do hard, but you cannot do impossible. We like hard.”

On Kansas State’s turn-around in the second half…
"We just kept running the same spot, just made up our shots. We made our huge 3, which I think was the turning point. It was a great play by Rodrigues, having a perfect pass to Messer for a 3. I think at this time of year both teams were guarding each other really well, it was just about who would make their shots and we happened to make the shot at the right time. We defended and rebounded like we can to hold a team like Kansas State. In post season, that is making 11 3s a night on 33 attempts, which is a really, really good job, defensively, by our players.”

On defending Chambers…
“I was hoping she would not play, but she is really good. She is as good of an offensive player as we have seen. The big thing for her is no 3s uncontested, we have got to get in her space and have to level her dribble and not retreat. I thought Rodrigues did a great job with that, because if she gets space, it is going in. The goal was to give her as little space to play in as possible, which is hard when she can shoot it from 27 feet. It is really hard. We did an unbelievable job defending her and our team defense behind it was really good too.”