March 7, 2002

OKLAHOMA

Thursday, March 7, 2002 / Municipal Auditorium / Kansas City, Mo.

Head Coach Sherri Coale
On the game:
"I am very, very proud of my team, and once again, I thought it was a great effort. I thought they did a good job rebounding and playing together."

On containing Kansas State's offense:
"I thought after the first three or four minutes of the game when we let Laurie Koehn hit two three pointers and Kendra Wecker kind of go crazy, we clamped down defensively and really made it tough for them to get a good look at the basket."

On Stacey Dales and OU's offense:
"Our offensive movement against the zone was excellent, especially in the first half. We take such spirit and enthusiasm from Stacey Dales. When she's making shots from the perimeter, making things happen and moving the ball around, we're really good."

On OU's rebounding:
"The statistic that I'm most pleased with is that at halftime Kansas State only had one offensive rebound, which I thought was huge. We work hard enough to guard them the first time and if we don't fail to block out we have to guard them for 30 more seconds."

Stacey Dales, Senior Guard
On Jamie Talbert:
"Jamie doesn't get a lot of credit. What you don't see is her work ethic, and we recognize her because of that."

On OU's defense:
"We have quick defense, and I don't think K-State enjoyed the pressure. Our post and guard did a good job of pressuring players."

Caton Hill, Junior Forward
On the low number of fouls in the first half:
"I like when they let us play. We are a very physical team, and when we play we get to be physical. We have very strong players."

On (Kansas State's) Kendra Wecker's absence:
"Wecker is a tremendous player. She brings another dimension to the team, and when she is gone the team plays differently."

Comparing last year:
"The last couple of years have been disappointing for us. This year we have been playing together and having fun. We have to be getting better and that is what we have been doing here. We haven't been worried about losing."

On Dionnah Jackson:
"Dionnah is tremendously quick. She got steals and she is a great player off the bench for us."

KANSAS STATE

Thursday, March 7, 2002 / Municipal Auditorium / Kansas City, Mo.

Head Coach Deb Patterson
On the game:
"We struggled with turnovers tonight. I thought the turnovers were a major factor in the outcome of the game. We played a very good team tonight. I know we'll see OU advance far into the NCAA tournament and represent the Big 12 well."

On Nicole Ohlde's ineffectiveness:
"I thought aside from the first five or six minutes we were in a constant struggle to find ourselves offensively and defensively. We played through a lot of it, but we made it a very difficult night for Nicole (Ohlde) by not being more effective on the perimeter."

On the inexperience of KSU's young players:
"I thought at about the five minute mark of the first half we lost our composure. It was like the dam broke. Any opening we gave them, they jumped on. You have to give Oklahoma credit for their aggressiveness. We were the team on our heels tonight."

On how to beat quicker teams:
"I believe there are answers. Within the framework of how we play, we can get it done. We'll face it (quickness) in the tournament. I don't want to give away any secrets, but I do think there are answers."

On the overall effect of Kendra Wecker picking up her fourth foul:
"When you are not playing as aggressive, you will get in foul trouble. Our team was very passive tonight. When you lose a player of Kendra's stature, it will affect the game."

Laurie Koehn, Freshman Guard
On the early Oklahoma (OU) run:
"At that point in the game, we got away from what we wanted to do and OU continued to play the way they wanted to play. We showed some mental weakness and they attacked."

On OU's success in the game:
"I give Oklahoma a lot of credit. They did want they needed to do. They got us rattled and we had some breakdowns tonight."

Kendra Wecker, Freshman Forward
On OU's paint play:
"Oklahoma did a great job - they were aggressive on the offensive end in the paint and we didn't defend well. They got a lot of second shots because we didn't box out and put them in. Caton Hill is a very versatile player and does a great job for them."

On the team's youth and the learning experience:
"For a lot of us this was our first time in the tournament. Oklahoma had a lot of senior leadership and really knew what to expect at this level. When we come back next year, our experience should help us at the tournament."

Kristin Rethman, Senior Guard
On OU's half court defense:
"Their half court defense was aggressive and did a great job denying us the ball in the places that we wanted to catch it. We got out of our flow and did some things that we would not normally do."

On when Wecker went out:
"Kendra is a big presence for us on offense and defense. Because she was in foul trouble, her consistency was not quite there and so we had to adjust. It made us a little out-of-sync."