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Kansas State Beats No. 7 Baylor, 89-75


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Jan. 5, 2002

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Kansas State head coach Deb Patterson
On where this win ranks...
"This one is very big. It's just a great win. I think it ranks right up there with that Iowa State win. It would be neat if we could get a whole list of those big wins. I think this is significant because this is significant because it's the comeback game to a good game on Wednesday. I think it solidifies our start in the conference and should give our players the confidence that they can handle both a team that defends them with a tremendous zone and a team that is more aggressive and man oriented and really has two of the best players in the league. I think this is a significant win because it expands our horizons and our experience. This is a very fine basketball team we just beat."

On the run before halftime...
"It was a tremendous run. I really didn't know what we were going to do to get our team loose. They came out so very, very tight. It was really a struggle that first 15 minutes of the half to get any kind of rhythm flow, confidence and we weren't moving the ball well. We just struggled with every little thing we did. I didn't know if we were going to be able to get them back before half. I was looking forward to a halftime where we'd really have to pull our shorts really tight and lace it up tight and come back and make a big run. We had that timeout, the kids came back over, and we just addressed the fact that we had about three-and-a-half minutes left in that half. It started to click. They understood that there was no need to panic. We had a lot of control over how we were playing, and if we'd just kept after it and made some personal changes, we could get back in it."

On Nicole Ohlde...
"Nicole Ohlde is absolutely phenomenal. Her game today was tremendous. Her constant presence in the paint, her willingness to catch, to be a target, to take tough shots, to bounce back from shots she doesn't make, to rebound the basketball, and to defend and run the floor is absolutely inspiring to her teammates. It keeps us in basketball games when other things aren't going well. Even when Nicole Ohlde missed shots today, and everyone she misses I'm upset with, even when it's an impossible shot to make and she's the only one scoring, but that just speaks to how tremendous she is. She played a phenomenal game and she's a phenomenal player. I think Nicole Ohlde and Sheila Lambert are two of the best the women's game has to offer. I mean, she is that good, and so is Sheila Lambert."

Kansas State Player Quotes

Sophomore Center Nichole Ohlde
On the feeling after the game...
"I just have a permanent smile. I love it. It's so exciting and this is starting out to be a great Big 12 season. We just need to keep playing like we're playing and keep working hard and it'll turn out to be a pretty good one."

On controlling Baylor's Danielle Crockrom...
"We just talked about it in practice yesterday and when we were watching film. We wanted to crowd the lane really tight. We knew a lot of her points came out of rebounds, so we knew everybody had to find someone and box them out. I think we really knew where she was at, and we just really had our hands up and were protecting our lane."

Freshman Forward Megan Mahoney
On the early part of the game...
"I think we were a little nervous with it being our home opener in the Big 12. We came out and the crowd was amazing, and we weren't sure how it was going to go. We were a little slow getting started. Our offense wasn't really clicking, and we were just trying to force things too much. Once we started playing more team ball and working it through our offense, we started getting good looks and getting it going."

On if she thinks Kansas State was underrated...
"They didn't know where we were at, they didn't know what we have. We thought we were going to surprise some people this year, and we're starting to. We just have to keep it up, whether we're ranked or not. It's nice to open up USA Today and say, 'hey, there we are.' But whether we are or not, we have to keep executing, play hard, maybe get some respect from people, and know that they just can't come in here and walk all over us like they have in the past."

Freshman Guard Laurie Koehn
On beating two ranked teams...
Hopefully, now it's our turn to defend our ranking. In a way, it's a little more pressure on us because we have to defend our home floor every time, as well as get road wins. I think it should send a message that people shouldn't take us lightly, but at the same time, we need to come ready every single game like everyone in the Big 12 ."

On being her being closely guarded throughout the game...
"If they want to do that to us, it's not really a big deal because anyone on this team can score. It doesn't matter if they're going to do that because Megan, Ohlde, Kendra, Rethman, and everyone else is going to step up and score. So, it's not really any big deal. We just have to keep executing our offense and get shots other places."

Freshman Forward Kendra Wecker
On the high amount of minutes the starters are playing...
"I think every game it gets tougher as the season progresses. But we're coming in pumped up and ready to play, and I think your adrenaline carries you through. We'll see how the season goes along, but I think we'll be okay."

On being an underdog team...
"I think that's definitely a factor. We have to come in and we have to prove ourselves for a spot in the top 25, just like every other team who's up there has. We just have to keep playing good basketball like we have been, and we'll make some noise around the country and we'll get recognized."

Baylor Quotes

Head Coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson
On today's game...
"I thought it was a very good basketball game. A very, very good basketball game. I don't think the game was what it ended, a 14 point difference. I thought it was a nip and tuck game. That's what you ask for. Our kids are heartbroken, but it's a long year. Give Kansas State credit. They're a good team."

On K-State's 12-0 run...
"I thought the game was won in the end of the first half for them. We were up nine with, I don't know, was it two minutes or a minute-and-a-half, right when that media timeout came. We were up nine and had the ball, and they made a run. We had a turnover here and there, they hit a three, the crowd gets back into it. I thought the game was won and lost right there because when you're on the road to go in at halftime with that kind of lead is a tremendous boost. Still it was with three or four minutes to go in the game and it was a tied ballgame. So that's disheartening to lose by 14 points when with three or four minutes to go you're still in the ballgame."

On the last six minutes of the game...
"I don't know that anything went wrong. You have to give Kansas State credit, it was a tied ball game when we turned it over, wasn't it, I don't know how much time there was on the clock, maybe four minutes and they hit the big three. And I felt the momentum shift right there. But it wasn't the last of the game that beat us, it was the last few minutes of the first half that beat us. When you're up nine, ten points, like we were and then we let them go on a 9-0 run right there at the last minute or two of the first half, it deflates your bubble. That's where the game was won."

On Kansas State's play at the end of the first half...
"I called a timeout, because as a coach that's what you do to prevent, you want to make sure that you go into half time with the lead that you already have. And we had a turnover and then they came down and, I think, nailed a three and then it just shifted from there."

On if it is distressing to see Kansas State having this kind of success with freshmen and sophomores...
"Oh, no, you haven't seen the rest of the conference. Nobody gets distressed in this league. No, in this league you don't have time to have a pity party, there's too many good teams and good players."

Jessika Stratton, Center, Sophomore
On the effect of a large crowd...
"We are excited to come back home and play in our coliseum. This year, we want it filled, we want it packed. The crowds definitely helped with the momentum of the game. They did a good job, they were on their feet and screaming, it was hard to hear. And give some credit to them too.

On what do from here...
"It's a long season. There's so many games left to play and we just have to take what we've learned in this game experience and move on to the next game. And just keep pushing through the wins and pushing through the losses, and hopefully we will come out on top."

On K-State's momentum...
"Kansas State is a great team. They upset Iowa State earlier this week and that was pretty big for them, they had a lot of momentum coming into this game. And their crowd was just amazing. That was great. That was definitely a momentum builder for them again. They played a great game. We give them all the credit and they came out on top."