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Postgame Quotes



Dec. 16, 2012

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Kansas State Head Coach Quotes
Head Coach Deb Patterson
Opening statement…
“It is always very disappointing to drop a game at home. I felt as though this was a game in which you felt like we were playing a little bit with fire. UTEP beat us quite frankly in the work phases of the game, and that separated us I thought down the stretch. You look at the rebound numbers and we got beat there. You look at the attempts at the foul line, and the aggressive quotient, so to speak, and we got beat there. Quite frankly we just did not finish well. It is a situation that hopefully we will learn a great deal from. We will look at this film, and take a look at those matters individually and collectively. I think we are capable of being more competitive than what we brought to the floor tonight. It is a great win for UTEP to come in here and beat us on our floor. We do not take kindly to that kind of thing at Kansas State. So we are extremely disappointed. I know we will learn a great deal from it.”

On the last possession…
“I think too that the last possession, as Haley (Texada) said, we talked in the timeout about getting across half court. She came over to the bench, and was looking like do you want the timeout at that point, and we decided against it. We decided to play out of the flow. That was unfortunate. I think we still had plenty of ticks left on clock, and plenty of offense to run. In retrospect, when you miss the shot you wish that you had taken a timeout.  She was motoring over there for a purpose, and probably mentally for Haley at the point position, that definitely took some time off the clock. It felt like we had a good flow and played out of it, and we just, like we had really in the last five minutes of the game, did not space the floor well and put ourselves in position to score from any one of five spots.”

On being concerned about the number of 3-point, and free-throw attempts…
“I think those two were key. We got real finesse. You can handle those three numbers if you feel like you are being aggressive and balancing the scales a little bit, but tonight we were just so passive in getting to the line. I felt like our shot attempts in the paint were so tentative and slow. Early in the game we over passed it, and then we missed some easy layups from our perimeter players. Then our posts missed easy looks. We did not make free throws when we got our opportunity at the foul line. Those are the areas that we have to continue to figure out. There are times in the games that they are giving you threes, and you are feeling like they are good decisions. I would say by and large, our decisions in last eight minutes in the game, certainly the last five were very questionable, and we need to learn a great deal from them.”

Sophomore Guard Haley Texada
On the last possession…
“We were originally trying to get the ball up the court as fast as we could. I think we got it up the court faster than we expected, and we just tried to go out of the flow from that. I did not see the court as well as I should have and caused a turnover.“

On stepping up for Brittany Chambers…
“I just knew that I had to step up for my team, but she is a big part of our team. Seeing her go out is never easy. It just means that we all had to step up for her.“

Freshman Guard Brianna Craig
On the physicality…
“The physicality was one thing that we talked about in practice, and one thing we focused on was that we needed to rebound the ball, and tonight we did not do that basically. We let them win on the boards. That is something that we definitely need to get better at.”

On the winning ugly mentality…
“We definitely knew coming into this season that it was not going to be easy. We are going to have to claw, fight and scratch. A win is a win no matter how you get to that win. We just have to continue to work hard and pick it up on the defensive end and create that identity that we did not have tonight.”
UTEP Head Coach Quotes

UTEP Quotes
Head Coach Keitha Adams
On today’s game…
“First of all, K-State has a great program. We have come up here, and usually we go home with a loss. So they are so good on their home court. My SID did me a great favor for letting me know that they had won a hundred games and only lost nine in non-conference games under coach Patterson. We were not good offensively all day. We struggled and struggled. Probably the thing that I am most proud of our team is that we just kept playing hard even though things were not going very well for us on the offensive end. It was a really bad day on offense, but I thought our composure was good, and we kept playing. You want to give yourself a chance to win at the end and that is what we did. We came in when it counted. This is just a great win for us. On a day where we were not good offensively, we kept playing hard and we came out with the win.”

On the performances of Chrisauna Parker and Kayla Thornton…
“I thought that their fight, passion and just toughness showed today. It was a tough day but they just kept playing. They came up big down the stretch for us.”