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March 24, 2003

Kansas State Head Coach Deb Patterson

Opening Statement...
"Our team is thrilled to have the opportunity to line up against a great Notre Dame basketball team here in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. These are two teams that play similar games in a lot of respects; two teams that bring a great deal of balance. We've got a great deal of respect for the versatility that Notre Dame brings to the floor. I expect it will be a great matchup."

On Notre Dame's recent NCAA Tournament history...
"We're lining up against a very seasoned program. That composure and expectation of performing well in a tournament carries over from year to year to year. Your teams understand the tradition, they understand that it's commonplace to compete well and long and hard into the tournament. Once you've won a national championship, it's obvious that there's a high level of overall confidence and poise that you bring just by virtue of the tradition and the previous performances by your program."

On Notre Dame's team personality...
"It's a very smart basketball team; they defend extremely well. They take up a lot of space on the floor; that's the first thing that comes to my mind when I watch them defend. (Jacqueline) Batteast brings great athleticism, as does (Le'Tania) Severe. There's great quickness and athleticism there and just a solid, strong physical presence with the post players and the ability to drop down the three and extend the floor with (Alicia) Ratay. It's good balance. They play very smart. They did a tremendous job of asserting their will of how that game was going to be played. They never allowed the game to get away from them in terms of style and tempo. That takes a great deal of focus and consistency. They appear to be very calm in their demeanor; I don't see them getting extremely rattled. It's not necessarily easy to stay composed when you're not making shots; a lot of teams fold in scenarios where they're not making shots, but this Notre Dame team understands there's a lot of ways to play the game and ultimately to win it."

On Nicole Ohlde nearing the KSU career scoring record...
"How great an achievement could you ask than to have Nicole to break the all-time scoring record as a junior. I'm just so impressed with her, day in and day out. I do believe she's an all-American-caliber player. She is on the way to breaking every attainable record there is at Kansas State. I think she is a very strong candidate to become Kansas State's next first-team all-American. It certainly is a privilege to coach her. Her teammates are a big part of the success she's experienced. She is a tremendous talent. We are very, very grateful to have her here."

On Ohlde getting more defensive attention...
"I think Nicole Ohlde will get as much attention as anyone every time we take the floor from this point on. I expect her to be the center of a lot of game plans and certainly expect her to be the center of the Notre Dame game plan at this point in time. Anyone that approaches Kansas State basketball team and isn't preoccupied with and doesn't direct the game plan toward Nicole Ohlde will suffer the consequences."

Kansas State players

So., Guard, Laurie Koehn

On Notre Dame's poor shooting percentage in the first game...
"You can't judge a team by one game. We know they are going to come in ready to go. Like any team in the tournament, they are going to come in and give it their all."

On trouble going to sleep last night...
"Just winding down a little bit. It's always hard to do that after a game, I think for all of us. We're excited that we get to play again tomorrow. We can't wait to practice today."

On the team getting back into the flow of things...
"It was really nice to get back out there and play another game. I think we had a good week of practice and hopefully we got a little bit better. It was nice to be playing again and now we have a quick turnaround which is a lot of fun too."

On the importance of making Notre Dame extend their defense...
"That's not something that we have really talked about. I'm sure that we are going to find out more about that kind of stuff today at practice. I think we know what we need to do as far as our offensive execution and stick to our defensive concepts. I'm sure we will find out more about that later."

Jr., Center, Nicole Ohlde

On memories of Notre Dame winning the National Championship two years ago...
"We haven't really talked about it a whole lot. I think when we were out there watching Notre Dame and Arizona play we were talking about how they just won the championship two years ago. I think it is something that we all remember. They have a really good tradition there. I think it is going to be fun to have the opportunity to play them."

On earning the most wins in a single season...
"I actually didn't know that. It's an awesome feeling to know that I'm on a team that has been able to do that and the accomplishments that our team has been able to do. Hopefully, we can continue to keep advancing through this tournament and see how far we can get. It's been a lot of fun. I'm enjoying the ride."

On the two things she noticed about Notre Dame...
"I think they are very athletic. They have a really tall lineup. They are able to bring in a lot of height from the bench. They play a lot of height. I think they are a blue collar, hard working team. They are going to be very tough."

On Harvard's late run in last night's game and the panic of the team...
"I don't really think so. Like Laurie (Koehn) said I don't think there was any panic. It was a matter of us getting to our spots and continuing to execute on offense. I think there were a few positions where we didn't quite stay true to our set plays and stay in the offense. That is something we have to continue to work on. Hopefully, we will do better next game."