Jan. 14, 2009

Recap |  Box Score |  Notes

Oklahoma Head Coach Sherri Coale
• On the game:
“Any win in the Big 12 is a good win.  Kansas State is a fantastic basketball team; obviously they rolled in here undefeated.  First half -- I don’t think we played very well.  We couldn’t find any tempo or rhythm.  The second half was a little bit better.  It was kind of a grinder but we found our way ahead a little bit.  There was tremendous play off of the bench from Jasmine Hartman, Carlee Roethlisberger and Jenny Vining.  They came in and really changed the complexion of the game.  They got us some space, a little breathing room.  Then we relaxed a little bit and began on the offensive end and sort of switched the tempo to Oklahoma tempo away from Kansas State tempo and were able to pull away at the end.”

• On the ability to keep the energy going:
“I certainly thought that was reflected in the substitution that we made at the 10-minute mark or halfway through the second half.  Both teams really looked tired because of the type of game it had been -- guard, guard, guard.  When we’re able to come in with three guys who are focused and attentive to detail and fresh, full of detail against their guys who are worn down a little bit, I thought it made a significant difference."

• On Nyeshia Stevenson’s performance:
“Ny played very well in the second half.  I like the way she crashed in the second half.  I liked her going after the basketball when it came off the glass.  The primary reason, I felt like her speed could be such a factor in this game.  She didn’t use it much in the first half but in the second half she trusted herself a little bit more.”

• On Whitney Hand’s and Jasmine Hartman’s role in tonight’s win:
“I just said in the locker room, two true freshmen, I thought, played a huge role in this.  Whitney’s two baskets obviously opened it up and then Jasmine’s play both defensively and cutting and getting to the rim and finishing, that’s pretty special when two freshmen can do that.  Probably the dagger was Ny’s 3 on the weak side.  When you reference the Cal game, that’s the exact play and the exact way it happened at Cal when we made that comeback and Ny nailed the 3.  She nailed that spot on the floor.”

Senior Center Courtney Paris
• On the opposing center Marlies Gipson:
“Yeah, we have been playing Marlies (Gipson) since seventh grade nationals. She is an conventional post player but she is smaller. She does a great job and works hard. She sets a lot of screen and they are so smart together. So if they slip. You have to really guard them.”

Senior Forward Ashley Paris
• On the opposing team:
“I think, for me, a lot of my assets came from our freshman. Like Coach said, they did a great job of moving. When we catch the ball there is a tendency for the other team to focus less on our double team. I just thought we did a good job at moving tonight.”

• On last 10 minuets of the game:
“I think we just had a lot of fun. I enjoyed the last 13 minuets of this game more than I have enjoyed any other game. Just like Coach said, I think that when Jenny Vining and made that play it gave us a lot of energy. Nyeshia 3-pointer was a dagger, Whitney’s 3-pointer -- I don’t know I think we just stared having more fun and had more emotion. I think that Danielle stepped up for us a lot in the end and it was just a lot of fun. And when we have fun we are as good as we want to be.”

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Kansas State Head Coach Deb Patterson
• On the game:
“I think Oklahoma played a great second half and began to separate themselves from us in the second half.  That to me, was the difference in the game.  I thought our defense let us down a little bit. I thought our turnover number was uncharacteristic, just a reflection of a quality defense.  These are situations, I believe, we will learn from, but in an environment like this, against a great basketball team, it is going to cost you.  They began to score easy and quick at the rim in the second half and that is all a part of playing quality team defense.  That was a big difference in the game along with the turnover margin.”

On the lack of free throws:
“I think that is sort of an unusual situation, but at the same time you have to put yourself in a position to get to the free throw line.  It wasn’t a game in which anyone was getting there a lot, it was just sort of the nature of the game.”

On their first loss of the season:
“We don’t walk away from this game with any kind of emotion other than playing better in the second half.  We’ll evaluate it, analyze it and look at and try and get better from it.  Honestly, I feel like this is a great basketball team and we are looking forward to the challenge ahead.  We’re going to line up against Iowa State, who was picked number three in our league in the preseason poll,  so we have another great challenge.  That’s just Big 12 play.  But I’m really proud of our basketball team.  I don’t think we played 40 minutes well tonight, but that’s what separates you from the No. 3 team in the country. I think we’re going to get a little bit better from the experience of having played a quality team like OU. “

Kansas State Senior Forward Marlies Gipson
• On the inside game:
“Inside I think that is what we needed to do for this team, to take it aggressive and try and get calls to get to the free throw line.  Being aggressive inside can open it up on the outside for the guards.  I wasn’t taking it aggressive enough to get those calls, that’s just how the game goes.”

Kansas State Senior Guard Shalee Lehning
• On Kansas State’s slow start in shooting:
“We missed a lot of shots that we normally do make.  Credit to their defense, they were making us take shots a little more rushed.  We just need to work on keeping our composure and staying confident in ourselves.  As the season goes on, we’ll knock down those shots.  I’m not worried about that.”

• On OU’s second-half play:
“That was definitely a momentum boost for them.  Credit to Whitney Hand, she stepped up and made some big shots.  They had a great crowd here, they got loud and that was a lot of momentum for them.  We just didn’t match that, that is something we need to improve as we play on the road.  We have to match the runs they make and we didn’t tonight.”