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Postgame Quotes Kansas State vs. Charlotte



Nov. 10, 2013

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

Head coach Deb Patterson
Opening Statement...
“Well we got that kind of game from Charlotte that you would expect. They are young and we are kind of young and they just never relented and it was just a good victory for us. I thought it was good to get the win, even with some individuals struggling offensively, and that is a hard thing to do. That just speaks to the other ways in which individuals can impact a ballgame and change the game over the course of 40 minutes. I am proud of us there and I am proud of us on the boards. I did not like the turnover numbers. I thought there were a lot of mental mistakes and breakdowns in fundamentals, which we are trying to work through a little bit with our younger players especially in the backcourt. The turnover numbers were the biggest red flags and that is something that we have to clean up a great deal. It was a great, competitive matchup with Charlotte, as always. I am happy to come away with the win.”

On K-State’s play to start the game …
“I was really pleased with our start. I thought we had good energy and good rhythm. I liked the tempo that we were playing at and that is part of the challenge is to sustain that tempo. If you were able to sustain that level, you would probably set a scoring record. But there is always that point where the visiting team is going to get their step and make their adjustments but I was proud of our focus and how we were able to respond. We just have to learn on how to sustain things on the defensive end as well as on the offensive end, so there is still a lot of work to do.”

On the play of Leti Romero…
“She is doing her job very well and she is handling the load well a good percentage of our possessions and she is initiating when we need to get out of a possession. There have not been a lot of possessions since the first game where she has not seen two defenders on the catch, so it really falls on us. Our job is to figure out how to deal with the fact that now it is a one-on-two scenario. We need to figure how to exploit that and take advantage of the numbers. She has the poise and toughness to handle it. I think we have a much higher curve for finishing out of those plays. She is taking care of the ball at a high level and playing good minutes.”

On the change in officiating rules…
“It is different. You saw today, the flow for young players in particular, is challenging right now. We saw that with Bre Lewis. You are already learning the game and your coaches are on you at practice about intensity and activity. It is tough. Everyone has to adjust and ultimately it will be a good thing. I know that last year, I was not a fan of every time that Brittany Chambers got the ball, I thought she was fouled on the majority of the possessions and she had the ball in her hands for most of the 30 seconds. I saw a couple of whistles on Leti and I want to make sure that is not happening when she is in possession with the ball. When you have a ball-dominant guard that can happen and it was everyone else who found themselves in trouble. Our players will get used to it, but it has changed the game for some of our post players.”

Freshman Guard Leticia Romero
On her play over the first two games of the year …
“I feel like I am adjusting to everything here. All of the coaches and players have given me the confidence and now I feel comfortable. I really enjoy playing with this team.”

On her rebounding abilities …
“Back in Spain, I was not a really good rebounder. I think I have learned it here since the first practice, when the coaches were telling me all the time to rebound. It is something that I have learned here.”

Charlotte Quotes
Head coach Cara Consuegra
On her team’s performance…
“I was proud of our resiliency. We obviously did not start the way that we wanted to start, with getting into such a large hole. We are an extremely young team and this was a great challenge for us to come here and try to win against a great program like Kansas State. I was proud that we did not give up and that we did not stop fighting. I really felt like we played like we are capable of playing in about the last eight to ten minutes of the game. We finally got out into transition and started to create some turnovers. That is how we want to play, unfortunately we were unable to do it for 40 minutes.”

On Ayanna Holmes’ play…
“I thought that Ayanna did a great job. She is not our normal point guard. We are asking our combo guard to run the point for essentially 40 minutes. I thought she did a good job. She pushed the ball better than she did in the previous game. She is one of our toughest kids. That toughness resonates through everybody else on the team, which makes us a lot better.”