Davis Given High Praise in Loss

Jan. 7, 2012

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Even though Kansas did not come away with a win against its foes from Manhattan on Saturday, Kansas State head coach Deb Patterson was quick to give credit to KU’s 6-3 forward Carolyn Davis.

“We have the utmost respect for Carolyn,” Patterson said after the game. “She is a scorer and every trip up the floor your defense feels unbelievable pressure just because she is there. It changes everything.”

Davis, who scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds during the 67-53 loss, gave the Kansas State coaching staff a lot to plan for before their match-up in Lawrence.

“She was still five for nine,” Patterson explained. “But I do believe that in the second half we did a better job of limiting her touches, which was our goal going in.”

Davis was 9-for-10 from the free throw line during her 39 minutes of play and was just one point shy of reaching the 20-point plateau for the fifth time this season. Despite those personal positives, the upperclassmen was reluctant to talk about her performance after the loss.

“To come in with so much confidence and lose like that is hard,” she said. “We play in a couple days, so we need to learn from this game and move forward.”

That opportunity comes on Wednesday, Jan. 11 versus Iowa State at Allen Fieldhouse. Davis won’t get another chance to impress Patterson and the Wildcats with her game until Feb. 12, when they travel to Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan for the second and final Sunflower State Showdown of the season.