Kansas rallied from down 16 points in the first half, then from a six-point overtime deficit, to beat in-state rival Kansas State 87-84 in the Big 12 Tournament’s opening game Friday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Wildcats’ season ends with an 11-19 record. Freshmen Breanna Lewis and Kindred Wisemann led Kansas State with 20 and 18 points, respectively, both career-highs.
After the game, KSU coach Deb Patterson addressed reporters about her young team’s final game of the 2013-14 season.
Q: Can you describe the last play that you drew up to try to get the game-tying 3-pointer?
A: We were trying to set a wall screen and popped one of our screeners to the corner. We were a little short on getting the space that I had hoped that we would get, but still got Kindred out there to the corner, got a big on her. … At that point, 10 seconds looking for the three to tie it, and I was just hopeful we’d get that look or penetration kick or dribble weave three.
Can you talk about the game that Kindred and Breanna had? Was it a good learning experience for the future?
I think we've seen great play from Kindred Wesemann through the stretch here. As we've kind of gotten to the second half of Big 12 games, her confidence and her ability to impact the game and make us better really escalated, so I was really proud of her growth.
I thought (Lewis) was an absolute warrior tonight, made great plays, defended extremely well with great maturity. … Based on the way she competed this game and the last couple games, you wish we had about 15 more to play because at that point she might be turning that 20 into 30, which is pretty scary at this point but also something really exciting to look forward to.
After you got up by 16 points early, were you disappointed that you weren’t able to keep your foot on the gas a little longer?
Well, you know at some point they're going to make a little bit of a run at you. I thought we had a lot of wasted possessions during that period of time. … Both ends for a while there got to be a bit of a struggle for us, so they're just stepping up the ladder a little bit with those empty possessions and the penetrations to the rim.