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Postgame Quotes Kansas State vs. Alaska-Anchorage


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Nov. 2, 2013

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K-State vs. University of Alaska-Anchorage
Postgame Quotes

Head coach Deb Patterson
On her thoughts on the game...
“What a great game, what a great opponent in non-conference play to line-up against, I definitely do not want to play that team on a lot of nights. It was a great learning experience for us, a great physical opponent and a basketball challenge. I am extremely pleased that we found a way to compete and eventually we were able to get ourselves in position and make shots. Obviously a huge part of that was the second half I thought Katya (Leick) absolutely took the game over and for a minute there I thought we were back in Italy.”

On the positives on getting challenged early in the season...
“That test tonight, and the Washburn game earlier this week was a great experience and we will learn for this. Also things that you learn while you are achieving, like how to step up and in addition to all the things that you are going to learn both defensively and offensively. Bri (Craig) stepped up late in the game and hit a big three-pointer that gave us a little bit of breathing room. I am proud how the team played hard and it was fun to see the kids stick it out.”

On the team’s intensity tonight...
“I thought that started and ended with Katya, she was kind of like a warrior that ignited our basketball team, especially in the second half. She became an enormous go-to, in fact if she is just average I don’t think that we come away from this game with a victory. Look at the plays she was making, look at the numbers, 12 rebounds, 11-17 total from the floor and I think she was only 3-4 at halftime, so right there you can see the impact that she made-she is just a very versatile and dynamic threat anywhere on the floor.

What this game means for the rest of the season...
“Honestly this was a great learning experience because that team honestly plays a lot like Iowa State and so much is predicated on the hard dribble and penetration game, and a strong three-point game. They put a great deal of pressure on the perimeters and everybody on our team kind of got dinked by it and it is just an adjustment thing. So to play that sort of offense and that sort of team this early in the season is very challenging but very valuable.”

On what the team can learn from this game...
“Yea we got to learn how to finish, I thought we could have put a stab in that team early on, and we had some great looks but just could not finish in the paint. Defensively their team is very sophisticated and I think that kind of got our players off-kilter. Our team is a young team that has got to learn how to shift on defense and it sounds obvious but it is hard sometimes when you are young to make the transition. After tonight’s game we are not where I want the team to be right now in the season.  We are going to have a lot on our plate in practice in the coming weeks, but it will all be very teachable and really captivate the attention of the young players. As I said earlier this team is really like a mini Iowa State and that’s hard to find. These kinds of teams are very smart and they have the ability to shoot it from anywhere and they didn’t miss many from three.”

Redshirt Senior Forward Katya Leick
On coming back and winning...
“We knew we had to pick it up and take the lead. The best way to do that is to feed off of each other.”

On tonight’s game...
We are young but we work hard. Having that work hard mentality builds our drive to win. Our chemistry is really starting to click and that will allow us to have nights like this.”