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March 18, 2012

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Ahead of its 2012 NCAA Tournament second round game against No. 1 seed Connecticut on Monday night, Kansas State head coach Deb Patterson and student-athletes Branshea Brown, Brittany Chambers and Jalana Childs met with the media on Sunday afternoon. The following is a transcript of the press conference from Webster Bank Arena.

Head Coach Deb Patterson
Opening Statement...
“We are excited to have advanced and are looking forward to the challenge of lining up against UConn tomorrow.”

On Having The Kansas State Role Players Step Up In The NCAA Tournament...
“You are at that point in the season where everyone is going to have to be ready to make a positive impact in their roles. We go to our bench they are going to have to answer and contribute. You can’t just spell someone’s minutes because if you do that you can get steamrolled by a team like UConn pretty quickly, so when you do go to your bench, it’s about people literally, positively contributing and doing stuff like making stops on the defensive end, boarding the ball and assisting in your offensive production..”

On How Facing Baylor Three Times Will Help Prepare For Connecticut...
“I think the two teams play so extremely different; however having played Baylor you at least come into a matchup against UConn knowing you have played against one of the best. In possessions where you have competed even, you have learned from those and you have learned from the possessions you have won. It’s more about the mentality of playing against great teams with phenomenal players and coaches and great, great traditions of success; against teams that have won national championships. I think the main thing to build upon is the positives you may have gained from the mental challenges and lessons you have learned. When you lineup against UConn, hopefully you are prepared to bring your best mentally to face whatever they bring to the floor physically. That’s a huge key when you play teams like UConn and Baylor. You have to answer their physical dominance and speed and the aggressiveness with your mental game. If you aren’t connected to your head, forget about the rest of it.”

On The Development Of Ashia Woods This Season...
“For those of you who have watched us play, her development has been steady throughout the season. She’s grown as a defender, and she’s been very important to us in any success we have had in Big 12 play. We have gone to her to come in and play a stopper role for us. I think yesterday we saw a little bit where she is growing offensively. She’s becoming a player on the floor who can at least keep us in offense and is beginning to develop an aggressive thought process. She’s become more confident, and with that I think she becomes more aggressive and uses her instincts.”

On How It Seems Like Kansas State Is Always In UConn’s Bracket...
“Well I think the facts are, we are always in UConn’s bracket. What’s exciting to me is we finally put ourselves in a position to have the opportunity to advance. We are in Connecticut and we are playing against Connecticut, and that’s the goal in the NCAA Tournament to advance. We are excited that we have advanced because there are a lot of teams sitting at home right now. You know at this stage especially when you see that 8/9 seed pop up that you are going to line up against a tremendous basketball team. For us it’s all about the next challenge, and we are happy to be here.”

On UConn’s Kiha Stokes...
“Most of us in America would love to have a Kiha Stokes. When she takes the floor, she is scoring the ball, keeping her team in offense, grabbing boards and making plays pretty much like you expect all UConn post players to do. She’s doing it sort of under the radar right now because Dolson is sort of the lightening rod, but man I’m telling you, Kia is tremendous. She’s athletic, and, I’m on the outside, but I think she’s beginning to understand how hard Geno wants her to play; how smart Geno her wants to play and where she can pick her spots and make a real impact. She’s a tremendous talent.”

On UConn’s Defensive Dominance...
“UConn is always great defensively. What makes them great is first and foremost they play hard every second they are on the floor and if they don’t, they are not on the floor. You combine that with the tremendous athleticism, great basketball IQ and great instinctual anticipation that they bring to the floor and the great coaching and you have a win-win scenario defensively. So much on defense is accountability and being well-taught. They have the sense of I’m accountable to this or I’m in trouble. They are just good; they are great. They also understand that defense ends with rebounds, and they bring that mindset. They all have great wingspan as a team, so when they decide they want to run-and jump you or trap you, it’s like looking through a forest.”

Kansas State Student-Athlete Quotes

Jalana Childs, Senior, Forward

On the challenge you have facing UConn...
"UConn is a great team. We know that we are going to have to use everything we have against them. They have a huge post presence and their guard play is amazing. We really have to buckle down and prepare ourselves mentally. We are going to use this day to prepare ourselves mentally and physically."

On what it feels like to be sent to Connecticut again...
"When I saw our name pop up all I thought about was Princeton. Then it went to the next team, [and] all of a sudden I said ‘where are we going?’ They said ‘Connecticut’ and I said ‘they took us back again.’ It’s crazy to be back here again, last year I didn’t get to experience it, so I am glad to get the chance again."

Branshea Brown, Senior, Forward
On how facing Big 12 opponents all year has helped you prepare for tomorrow...
"I think it will help us a lot. We have had a lot of ups and downs through the season. We have to come out strong and like Jalana said we have to come out and use every element of our game and just fight."

On what it feels like to be sent to Connecticut again...
"When they announced our name of course we were excited. Just to see our name on the NCAA tournament, we know that every team doesn’t make it. Like last year we failed in the first round, but this year we advanced, and we are just up for the challenge."

Brittany Chambers, Junior, Guard
On how it has helped having the same starting lineup all season...
"I think that with the exception of Tasha, all four of us having been playing together for three years now. So we got used to each other and integrating Tasha. It has gotten better and better each game. It gave us chances to grow and be able to grow through the hard times together."

On what it feels like to be sent to Connecticut again...
"We are excited. Last year like we said, we didn’t get the opportunity to advance to play UConn. I think we are excited we got past the first round and also have the challenge to play UConn."

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