Postgame Quotes

Jan. 24, 2009

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Postgame Quotes

Kansas State 59, Kansas 50

Jan. 24, 2009

Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson

On the team’s overall play:

“There is no such thing as a moral victory, but I could not be more proud of the toughness and resiliency that our kids showed. We answered Kansas State’s run in the first half, when last time we played them we did not have an answer for any run. We put ourselves in a position to be successful. We need more production on offense and the offensive glass, but we have to give K-State credit they made the plays.”

On the team’s defensive play in the first half:

“I thought that we did a good job bringing help early, we knocked down a lot of passes, our deflection numbers were good in the first half, and I thought that we were the more active team.”

On the play of Aishah Sutherland:

“I was committed to giving Aishah a shot early; she got a lot of reps, and played very well.”

Junior guard Danielle McCray

On playing one-on-one with the absence of Sade Morris:

“I always want to play one-on-one, but that hasn’t been my role. Today I had a chance when Sade was out and I got more reps.”

Freshman forward Aishah Sutherland

On not playing the last three games:

“I noticed that I wasn’t working hard at practice so I didn’t get the privilege to play. But it got pretty frustrating and I wanted to make a change and be able to play more.”

On going into the game early:

“I wasn’t surprised because we took reps in practice to get me prepared to play early in this game.”

On playing more minutes:

“I’m in pretty good shape. I’m one of the more in-shape players on the team. I have to get used to running up and down the court and get in shape for basketball.”

Kansas State Head Coach Deb Patterson

On the game:

“I’m extremely proud of our basketball team, as we came into another road game in the Big 12 and got a win. You know that no matter where you go or who you’re against, it’s going to be a tremendous challenge. When you play an in-state rivalry game, everything is thrown out of the window and its going to be a tremendous matchup and we expected it. At the same time, I’m extremely proud of the competitive nature of our basketball team. I think the young ladies here at this table in (Ashley) Sweat, (Shalee) Lehning and (Marlies) Gipson just continue to play amazing basketball for our program. They put us into position to be competitive and I think we saw that same thing today against a very good Kansas basketball team on the road. I’m extremely proud of our basketball team for getting a hard-earned victory today.”

On the difference between the game at Bramlage Coliseum:

“I think the approach we took was pretty much the same. We all know that the first matchup at Bramlage was a blip on the map, you don’t expect that to happen. This is a very good Kansas basketball team. We came in knowing the talent that Danielle (McCray) brings to the table. She’s stepped up the past two games and has asserted herself. She’s one of the best players in the league and she always finds a way.”

Senior Guard Shalee Lehning

On the turnovers:

“I can’t let (the turnovers) get into my head. I just wasn’t protecting the ball and I’m not happy with my turnover numbers, but we came out with the win. It is just something I’ll pay attention to a little more in the next game.”

Senior Forward Marlies Gipson

On the game:

“Once we started clicking defensively, it started to carry over to the offensive end. So that was kind of our mindset, to try and get stops in hopes to carry it over to the offensive end.”