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Nov. 30, 2012

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Kansas State Head Coach and player Quotes
Head Coach Deb Patterson
On opening statement…
“Mississippi Valley State really played aggressive throughout the course of the game at a level that I did not think that we necessarily matched. Emotionally and physically tonight, I want to complement them for the competiveness that they brought to the floor. They did a really great job on the road for a team that is building. They have a great coach who is going to do a great deal with that program. Obviously from our standpoint, it opened the door to all kinds of areas in which we need to continue to be tougher individually and combine as a group. Smarter, just about every phase of the game. There is a lot for us to take into the gym tomorrow. A big part of succeeding is learning how to bring consistency and holding yourself to a high standard, day in and day out, possession in and possession out. So a lot of things to learn from our basketball team tonight, so that we might be able to match that kind of competiveness that Mississippi Valley State brought in the second half.”

On the second half…

“They took the floor with a competitive disposition and toughness. I thought we played extremely soft. I think if we did not like the situation, we would give in. If anything did not go our way, we gave in. I felt like we competed like we could waste some possessions and it was not going to be a problem. I felt like we failed with respect to bring a competitive disposition to the floor that you have to bring to be your best. I think that Mississippi Valley State did. I give all credit to just their hunger and desire. I think the way we played will never lead to success. We were fortunate to have success tonight because we were playing against a team that is not as experienced as us at winning and they were on the road. They were obviously in the developmental stage in their program. If we were playing anyone else and not at home, we would have ended up losing tonight.”

On putting the game behind them…
“You do that by stepping into the gym and refocusing on what in my mind beat us tonight. We won by virtue of the score, but I do not think we won by virtue of our standard competitively. In terms of how we compete, our percentages in the second half were reflective of the level we have competed at. The way to fix that is by walking in tomorrow and being focused on being a better player and making your team a better team.”

Senior Guard Brittany Chambers
On the way she was guarded in the second half…
“They played tougher. They started more physical and faster. We were not taking smart shots though, taking 3-pointers when we should not have. They were just tougher than us in the second half.”

On her opening five minutes…
“I was open and I hit them. Shots are going to fall and they are not going to fall. I guess they were falling in the first five minutes.”

On the team being young…
“Young players are going to play like old players if the old players step on the court and play slow and not tough. Our first group set the tone in the second half and it was terrible. So our second group came out and played the same way we did. That is what happens when upperclassmen do not step up.”

Sophomore Haley Texada
On getting back to playing…
“We did not have as much time to practice, but you can step out the next game and redeem yourself after tonight’s game.”

Mississippi Valley State Head Coach Quotes
Head Coach Elvis Robinson
On his team’s effort in the second half…
“Coming out of halftime, we really stressed defense because early in the game, we let K-State’s shooters get too comfortable and they got whatever they wanted – they shot close to 50 percent in the first half. In the second half, we played the same defense that we played in the first half but our effort and intensity picked up. We ran the shooters off of the line and our inside played well tonight. But we just turned the ball over a little too much down the stretch and they made a mini-run to end the game. Effort-wise, I thought my team played very well, even though we looked a step slow tonight – like we were still in Mississippi – but that is the main thing, I liked the effort we gave in the second half. For us to close the gap to four points with three minutes to go was good but I think we were just down too far to come back.”

On the performance of his three players who scored in double digits…
“We had a young freshman (Derita Silas) lead us in scoring with 16 points, this is really her first game so she is just starting to get comfortable. She is young but at the same time she is learning day to day and she had a good game overall. Alia Frank, an all-conference player, she came in and played big but foul trouble kind of hampered her a lot tonight. But I think effort-wise, for her to play the last seven minutes of the game with four fouls, I think she gave us a great effort. Joncyee Sanders played well. She always gives us a good all-around game as our floor general and as our main scorer. Overall, I think we are coming together but we still have a long way to go. Like I told them in the huddle with a few minutes to go, we just have to stay the course and accept the process. There is going to be some long days and nights but if you can weather the storm, you can always get back in it. Overall, we gave effort in the second half, I just wish we would have brought that effort in the first half."