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March 5, 2008

Postgame Quotes

Kansas Head Coach Bonnie Henrickson

Her thoughts on the game:

“I am proud of the kids and how they battled back. It has been gut wrenching with all of our one possession games this year. We haven’t done a good job of coming out of the locker-room and play better in the second half. We have been able to cut it to a one possession game on several occasions, but we have to find a way to win. We just have to figure it out.”

On the KU defense:

“I thought we defended their sets well, but we didn’t defend Shalee (Leahning) off the bounce well. She got us to play on her heels and as a result we were in a bad position to rebound the basketball. We gave her some pretty easy looks as well.”

On the seniors:

“They are classy kids. They are two of the classiest kids that I have ever coached. They are what Kansas Athletics and our program is all about. They compete in the classroom. They are both going to graduate in tough majors. Jamie (Boyd) is going to get a double-major and Taylor (McIntosh) is going to go to pharmacy school. They have really been an extension of our staff to their teammates. They have embraced us from the very beginning and I respect that tremendously.”

Senior forward Taylor McIntosh

On KansasState’s penetration:

“We gave them too many lay-ups; to me, that’s where they beat us tonight. They are known as a three-point shooting team; (KansasState) and IowaState are the best three-point shooting teams in the Big 12. But today, it was all in the paint. They had a couple threes, but we couldn’t guard the penetration and that is what really killed us tonight.”

On KansasState’s Shalee Lehning:

“We weren’t surprised because we know how aggressive she is and we know how hard she plays. We know that she likes to penetrate and we expected everyone to step up because she is very good at finding shooters. But tonight we couldn’t guard her penetration. She got too many lay-ups and when she missed she got an offensive rebound and a put back or at least another possession. We didn’t expect that tonight. You have to give her credit.”

Senior forward Jamie Boyd

On senior night:

“The senior moments were overwhelmed by my passion for a win tonight. I did get a little emotional tonight. The loss was overwhelming, but it doesn’t take away from how important everyone in this community and my team is to me. It’s hard to end on a loss, but I have so much respect for all of my opportunities here. I couldn’t be more proud to be a Jayhawk.”

Sophomore guard LaChelda Jacobs

On the game:

“We played really well at KansasState. I partially take the blame for this loss. (Shalee) Lehning scored on me all night. It was a one-man wrecking show for her. I take the blame for this game, because if I would have stopped her, we win the game.”

On KansasState’s Shalee Lehning:

“She is a very good player. She finds ways to score. She had three offensive rebounds and I didn’t do my job boxing out. I constantly gave her lay-ups. My frustration is directed at myself more than anything else tonight.”

Kansas State Head Coach Deb Patterson

On winning the Big 12 Title:

“I’m extremely proud of our basketball team. It was an amazing run through Big 12 Conference play for this group. Night-in and night-out they found a way to win basketball games. It’s a team that was very tough-minded and resilient. Regardless of the type of game that they might have had to play they found ways to adjust, adapt and make enough big plays. To find themselves in a position to be Big 12 Champs is just extraordinary. I’m just so proud of them.”

On Kimberly Dietz, Shalee Lehning and Marlies Gipson:

“Dietz has had a senior season like no one else in many years here at KansasState. Lehning showed why she is an All-American candidate. I thought those two were absolutely phenomenal tonight along with Marlies Gipson. She was the sole presence in the paint tonight. She was just a warrior.”

On when Kansas cut the K-State lead to two:

“We really weren’t connecting on all cylinders offensively tonight, as a team anyways. Lehning felt like she was 85 percent of the offense when we needed a big play. She was the big playmaker tonight. And down the stretch Dietz stepped up and made a big three. Marlies stepped up and made a big lay-up. So while Shalee carried the load for 85% of the game, as always with this team, when we needed another play Gipson and Dietz made a big one. On defense, we had to figure out how we were going to defend their penetration. We knew that they were going to penetrate, but they did it very effectively. Eventually we had to find a solution and we did.”

Senior Guard Kimberly Dietz

On winning the Big 12 Title at KU:

“KU has a great team every year. It’s a great little rivalry that we have going here. Last year it was a tough game and we were really bummed, but this year we came out and pulled out a win. We just came out on top. Going into the Big 12 tournament we definitely have our heads held high and we are going to play our best.”

Junior Guard Shalee Lehning

On scoring 29 points:

“The opportunities have arose for me to score more. We haven’t changed anything. I’m just trying to contribute to my team in whatever way we need that night. And tonight it was for me to do more things offensively. Other nights it is to do other things. I’m just so proud of my team right now.”

On shutting Kansas out after they closed to within two points:

“What I think is really unique and special about this team is that we don’t get flustered. We all stayed calm, even when it came within two points. I don’ think it crossed any of our minds that we were going to lose that game. We just stayed calm and we were thinking what are we going to do now to get a bucket. Dietz hit a huge three and that was just the nail in the back. On this team, there is always a person that finds a way to step up.”