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South Dakota at Kansas State - Postgame Quotes



Dec. 9, 2012

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Kansas State Head Coach & Player Quotes

Head Coach Deb Patterson
Opening Statement ...
"It was good to be back in Bramlage. I am proud of our team for being 7-0 and playing everybody on the roster. We are really working to give everyone opportunities to see where they might make an impact when this team needs something from the bench. I was very impressed with their consistent work ethic today. Both Bri Craig and Brittany Chambers were on point today and they played extremely hard today and they tried to impact the game in a lot of ways. Hopefully we can get more a rebounding presence when Bri gets more experience on the floor because that is going to be a very big element for us. Seeing all three of our perimeter players rebound that well, the rest of her game was on point today. It was also good to see Mariah (White) get one more game under her belt and get her into the flow. We started to see a little bit of the old Mariah in the second half; I think she become a little bit more aggressive and comfortable. I see good things happening and I think the score reflected a little bit of a different game. The game would have been a different game if we would not have played so deep in our lineup but at this stage in the season, I think it is important as we narrow the scope heading into the UTEP game."

On Brittany Chambers' accomplishments today...
"I do not know how many people know that she surpassed the 1,500-point mark in Kansas State history and I think that puts her in the top-10 in the history of the program. It is a great tribute to a great player who brings it every day, plays and practices hard and is a fierce competitor. I think you need to bring those attributes to contribute at the level that she has. All through her career, she has been through roster changes, where we have been in reload-mode and I think that speaks to a higher level of toughness and maturity and her ability to impact game, because everyone knows they have to guard her and she still have the abilities to get it done."

On transition basketball ...
"I think it is always an emphasis if we have the opportunity. You have to get a steal or rebound in order for that to happen. We played fairly well in transition off of those opportunities. If you defense and defensive rebounding can create those opportunities, we want them any time we can get them."

Senior Guard Brittany Chambers
On entering the 1,500-point club ...
"It means a lot. If you look at the list, those are players who are unbelievable. I have had the privilege of meeting those players at camps over the summers and I feel very privileged to be a part of that group. All of the credit goes to my teammates and the people that I have played with -players like Mariah White, Jalana Childs, Brandy Brown and Kari Kincaid during my freshmen year- that have really had my back and supported me though everything."

Freshman Guard Bri Craig
On gaining experience as a freshman ...
"It means a lot. The one thing I really wanted was to come in and not expected to play but the coaches put trust  into me and actually play minutes. Being able to play with seniors like Brittany Chambers and upperclassmen like Chantay Caron has really helped me become a better player. I have just got to continue to get better."

South Dakota Head Coach Quotes

Head coach Amy Williams
On battling the K-State defense...
"I think they did battle a little bit. You have to credit Kansas State's defense for making them take rushed shots at times. We did not shoot the ball particularly well. We kind of dug ourselves into a little hole. I did not think that our kids quit playing, and I thought they fought until the buzzer. That is very positive to see."

On the second half play...
"When we came out in the second half, those first couple of minutes I thought we were very stagnant, standing around. We talked about it at halftime. I thought we had a timeout where we talked about not being scared. You have to be willing to step up, take a shot and make a shot for your team. I thought they took that to heart, and they really came out of there. More people started taking shots and not turning down open looks. When you play a defense like Kansas State's, you cannot afford to turn down an open shot. When you get one, you have to be willing to take it. I thought we did a better job of that the last 12-15 minutes of the game."

On Brittany Chambers...
"She is a special player, and she is even more special that I thought watching film on her. I would tell you that you would not know that our game plan was to limit her touches. I did not think we did a particularly good job of that. We tried to wait until she caught it and then play defense, but you cannot do that on a great player like her. We need to do a better job heading forward when we see great players like that if that is our game plan to keep the ball out of their hands."