Kansas vs. Pittsburg State

Nov. 6, 2005

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Postgame Quotes

Kansas 90, Pittsburg St. 65

Nov. 6, 2005

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Kansas Head Coach Bonnie Henrickson
On Shaquina Mosley and Ivana Catic:
“I thought for two first-year point guards in the program they played better than Erica Hallman did last year, because the point guard is not really her natural position. I thought they had a good presence. I let them call probably 70 percent of the offenses and I thought they made pretty good decisions. Thankfully, their turnover numbers are not glaring and didn’t jump out at me. For those two to handle the primary load of all the ball handling responsibilities, I thought they did a good job. They have a good understanding of the basic tempo of the game at this level and they’re going to have great futures here.”

On the game:
“It is not going to be perfect, but it’s not supposed to be perfect. The challenge here is how we respond on Tuesday when we get back to practice and make some adjustments. Defensively we can be good and we will be good. Offensively we’re ahead of where we were last year. I would still like Shaquina [Mosley] to be a little more aggressive. I think that would be good for us. That’s just learning when it is okay to get out of the offense and when we need to stay in it.”

On the Kansas-Nebraska football game:
“I give my congratulations to the football team. Yesterday was a lot of fun. I’m proud of Coach Mangino and his staff. If we could play defense like those guys play defense, we’ll be very good.”

Senior forward Crystal Kemp
On the win:
“We had some ugly points and this was an ugly win, but we’ll take what we can get right now. It’s good that we were able to over-emphasize our aggressiveness with the players coming off the bench. We didn’t get as many steals as we would have liked.”

On her performance:
“I was falling back on my heels. I was trying to keep my balance and get my feet right. It’s just something I have to continue to work on. Being aggressive and playing stronger is my goal this year. Having other scorers this year is helping me out a lot.”

On the guard play:
“It’s helping me out a lot that I am able to reverse the ball to a guard right behind me. It’s good to have guards getting open and available. I didn’t do anything different this game. I’ve been trying to be a little more aggressive. The guards are doing a good job of finding me.”

Junior guard Shaquina Mosley
On the game:
“We could have played a lot better than we did. It was just the first game and I know Coach Henrickson isn’t expecting us to be perfect, but we can do a lot better.”

On playing shooting guard:
“After playing today I don’t mind being at the two position. It’s pretty fun. At the two, I can penetrate more. I’ve grown to love the one position, so I still would love to play that. Ivana [Catic] is a great point guard and Coach Henrickson sees something in me [at the two position].”

Pittsburg State Head Coach Steve High

On the game:

“Having this opportunity is a great situation for Division II schools in the state of Kansas. When you drive up Naismith Drive and come in to Allen Fieldhouse and play on Naismith Court, how can you not have fun. The number one thing is we don’t like to lose. We are disappointed with the loss, but I am pleased with the effort we gave, especially in the first half. We came out pretty nervous like you would expect and got down pretty good. We got it back to eight by halftime and as low as five in the second half. I think their (Kansas) extended pressure really gave us problems. There are limitations with what you can do against a ten scholarship program to stop the leaks. I thought Coach Henrickson was gracious in how she played her players and how she gave us an opportunity to compete with all of her kids that are on the roster. We enjoyed the opportunity but would have been a lot happier with a victory.

“I thought the kids that played for us today played very hard. Once they got themselves settled down, I think they weren’t all that intimidated. They tried to apply the things that we taught them.”

On the speed of the game:

“Kansas has two outstanding point guards, so you have to expect the tempo is going to be pretty intense. I thought the thing that caused the tempo to change the most was when they extended their pressure in the second half and really got after us.”

On Kansas’ program:

“This coaching staff has done an amazing job turning this basketball program around in just two years. It wasn’t in very good shape when Coach Henrickson came to take it over, but they are headed in the right direction. There are a lot of really fine players in the Kansas women’s basketball program.”