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Baylor, Iowa State Postgame Quotes

Jan. 8, 2011

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#1/1 Baylor 70 – #17/16 Iowa State 58 – Jan. 8, 2011
Ferrell Center (Waco, Texas) – Att.: 7,780

Baylor Head Coach Kim Mulkey
On her team’s defense to start the game:
“We were ready to play. Don’t look at that score. You are going to see lots of that in the Big 12. I was very pleased with our prepartation. I thought the coaches were well prepared. I thought our players listened. Sure we made mistakes, sure we are going to learn, sure we are young, but you know we are going to guard you. I think it starts with on-ball defense first. We challenged them. I think (Kelsey) Bolte had one bucket in the first half. She makes a lot of threes. I just thought that you saw the depth of our basketball team.”

On Iowa State’s run in the second half:
“I thought some of it was just fatigue. Honestly, I thought we just played so hard and I thought fatigue allowed them to hit some threes. I thought, obviously some of their sets are tough to guard. They spread the floor on you. They have got a 6-7 kid out there shooting threes. They are well-coached. They are never going to go away. You can have a double figure lead on those guys and because of their style of play, they are in the ball game after two or three more possessions.”

On Iowa State’s defense:
“I didn’t know if Bill (Fennelley) would play us his usual zone, which we saw a lot of last year against him. I think that tells you that he probably respects our perimeter shooting now much more than he did a year ago, because you didn’t see a bit of zone this year. You saw the usual double on Griner, but he didn’t play any zone and that is very unusual. I thought we hit some big threes today. We didn’t take a lot, but when you can shoot 40 percent from the thre,e that is all you can ask.”

Guard Odyssey Sims
On holding Iowa State scoreless for so long:
“Defense is very important. That is what we worked most on is defense in practice. We have to play defense for a majority of the game, 30 seconds, because they run their offense to the last 10 seconds, so we worked on that the whole week. And like coach said, we had to push through fatigue because we were all tired.”

On leading the team in rebounding:
“It feels great. I don’t really rebound like that. Coach told me in practice that a lot of rebounds are coming long, so I got every rebound I could coming off the rim. Some came to me, some I had to go and scramble and get it. It is great to get rebounds and I will try to get more and help my team rebound.”

Forward Destiny Williams
On her steal in the first half:
“We had the lead, but we weren’t going to let up and let them try and come back, so every chance that we had we had to take advantage of. There was a loose ball and it came down to who wanted it more. Baylor wanted it more.”

On playing against coach Bill Fennelley who had coached her with the USA team:
“Well in the beginning when I was warming up, I looked at him and it brought back old memories, but not during the game. During the game I just listened to Coach Mulkey. She is my coach now, but he is a good coach and I respect him.”

Iowa State Head Coach Bill Fennelly
Opening statement:
“First of all that was a great environment for the Big 12, great way to start the Big 12 season. Baylor is a great team, great environment and the people here do everything here in a first-class manner. (This game is) first of many and it’s certainty fun to be a part of it. If we don’t spot them two touchdowns and a field goal early you know, we competed. We played hard, it is a 40-minute game and we have to find the other eight minutes, but we hung around and did everything we could to try to find a way to win. We made some shots and tried to defend as best we could. Baylor is a great team. They are number one in the nation for a reason. They are extremely well coached and talented at every position, and the greatest thing I say is when you make a mistake, the great teams will make you pay for it. Over a 40-minute game, the great teams make you pay.”

On the slow start:
“Baylor’s defense was very aggressive early. We had a couple chances to score, and like I said, you are not going to get a wide open shot at this level. We had a couple looks that, you know, you have to make one. Sometimes you have to score enough to stop the bleeding, or defend, but we were having trouble doing either one of them. But I don’t think our defense was that bad. They hit a couple shots and we fouled them a couple times. So I think it’s a combination of all the above. I would say that it was Baylor’s defense more than anything.”

On the importance of the run to end the first half:
“It was really big because obviously, these games, if you look at their stats they knock a lot of people out by halftime. We were literally on the ropes, hanging on for dear life, and needed an eight count or something, because it was getting pretty bad. We didn’t make shots. Kelsey Bolte had a struggle in the first half and came back and hit a few shots in the second half. Anna (Prins) can score the ball from a variety of spots on the court, she hit a few threes, we got a couple transition baskets and we kept guarding. That was the biggest thing. We went to halftime feeling like, okay you can compete. (It was a) long way to come back and win the game but now we know what we need to do, everyone take a breath and we only turned the ball over 14 times against a great defensive team. I think the numbers gave us a chance to be in the game. ”

Center Anna Prins
On the slow start:
“Well it was a little frustrating I got in foul trouble, but I think, like coach said, they came out really aggressive. I think we just needed to settle down a little bit and run the plays we were supposed to. And just like coach said, find those eight minutes that we didn’t compete and that will be important for the rest of the season.”



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