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Kansas State vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff


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Dec. 2, 2002

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KANSAS STATE HEAD COACH DEB PATTERSON

On the game overall...
"I'm really pleased with the quick turnaround. This basketball team hates losing and it just hangs over your head and your heart. I think one of the best feelings in the world is to get back on the hardwood and do what it is you love to do. I thought our team did a nice job tonight of bouncing back."

On Laurie Koehn...
"It was another demonstration of competitive maturity. She had stepped off the floor after Stanford, seeing a lot of good shots not drop for her. Yet tonight, the very first touch she got, she put it up with great confidence and hit nothing but net. She approached the game and the situation with the heart of a competitor. That is what great players are all about. The Jordans and the guys like that that can have a bad night or a couple bad nights and come back and drop down big plays - that's what Laurie Koehn was all about tonight."

On priorities for the game...
"Tonight, we knew going into the game that our priority was Kansas State basketball. There was a way we wanted to play. There were priorities we were going to put in place. We weren't necessarily focused on the opponent. We were focused on execution, assignments on defense, getting physical on the boards and playing Kansas State basketball. Every possession, we wanted our focus to be on us and making quality decisions, dropping down shots and that's what we saw across the board tonight, certainly from our core starting group. I thought we got good minutes from our bench as well."

On setting the record for most points...
"This is one of the best teams Kansas State has ever had. It's one of the best teams to ever wear the Kansas State jersey. I think it's fitting that they would have another record in the Kansas State history. To that extent, I'm very pleased to see them attain it. They are very deserving of that kind of recognition, not just in the present, but in the future as well."

On Nicole Ohlde setting the block record...
"Nicole continues to impact the Kansas State record book, to impact the game. She is a tremendously talented player. As I've said all along, she plays on both ends of the floor and I think that is what separates her. She is a tremendous defensive player, as well as offensive player. It's very hard to find weaknesses in her game, aside from the lack of experience that she might bring and the great future she has ahead of her. So to see her finish the night with four blocks and to see her have that block record is truly fitting and a great tribute to her work ethic and her intelligence as a defender."

Guard Laurie Koehn
On getting a chance to redeem Saturday's loss...
"We were all happy that we had a chance to play again tonight this quick after the disappointment Saturday. Everyone just came out really excited to have the opportunity to play again. We just wanted to come out and execute our offense, play good defense and rebound the ball at a higher level then we did on Saturday. "

Guard Megan Mahoney
On the game...
"Most of all, we just wanted to come out and get better at executing and staying more committed to running the offense and picking up on defense. Regardless of what they brought at us, we really wanted to pick that up. I think that is something we did better tonight, but it is something we're also going to have to keep working on."

Center Nicole Ohlde
On giving the reserves good minutes...
"It's always good to have everyone get a lot of experience out there. I think it's definitely going to help us in the long run, and I think all of us wanted to play the whole game though, but it's very good for everyone to get experience and I think it will definitely help us."

Forward Kendra Wecker
On getting a victory right after a loss...
"You just kind of forget about what happened quicker. It's good to get back into a competitive atmosphere immediately, and just get things going again and fix the things that we need to fix sooner than just practicing for a few days. It's always fun to play, especially off of a weekend like this; just getting an opportunity to come back and play here at home and get things back to how we need to play."

ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF HEAD COACH ANGELA DANIELS

On what K-State did to dominate the game...
"They just executed their offense and made shots."

On how Arkansas-Pine Bluff will rebound from the loss...
"We just need to stay mentally focused. K-State is a great basketball team, but 78 points better. We'll take what we can from this and move on."

On what they gained from this game...
"It wasn't necessarily anything that K-State did defensively, but we just could not finish. We need to look at our mistakes and reevaluate."