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Baylor-Oklahoma Postgame Quotes

Jan. 13, 2010

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#9/9 Baylor 57 – #13/13 Oklahoma 47 – Jan. 13, 2010
Ferrell Center (Waco, Texas) – Att.: 7,718

Baylor Head Coach Kim Mulkey

On the game…
“What I am most pleased about is that we won. I am very proud of how our basketball team came back from a loss with the intensity and the focus that you have to have in order to play at this level. A lot of those (Oklahoma’s) kids that you saw tonight were juniors and seniors and what we are playing with is one senior. You saw some of our youth exposed again when we had a 15-point lead. You just have to keep teaching and keeping gaining experience. I was very proud of them allowing me to challenge them because it was a quite a challenge when we got back from Stillwater.”

On the play of Shanay Washington…
“Shanay played a very good basketball game. She got a lot of things in the open floor and what she did in the open floor that is so good is that she would be neck and neck with a defender and she never hesitated. ‘I’m going to the hole and you are going to have to stop me.’ That is instinct for the game. That is focus and that is determination that is doing something to help our basketball team and she had several opportunities to do that.”

On the play of Morghan Medlock and Kelli Griffin…
“Morghan (Medlock) and Kelli (Griffin) were our only experienced players out there. I was very proud of them. I challenged them the hardest when we got back (from Stillwater) and they responded. I thought that our composure and our patience was good. I saw a lot of things tonight that were good. I saw a lot of things tonight that we will continue to teach them and hopefully we will get better.”

On Brittney Griner drawing double and triple teams…
“She demands so much attention. She gets banged and she gets hit and she allows us to get to the foul line quickly, because those are fouls. She just has a presence on both ends of the floor. It’s good that she is on my team.”

Freshman Guard Shanay Washington

On driving the lane…
“I knew in this game that I couldn’t be timid because I needed to get to the basket. I have been doing that all week in practice after Oklahoma State. I needed to get to the paint and not be scared of contact and if you stop me, you stopped me.”

Freshman Post Brittney Griner

On being triple teamed…
“It is never frustrating because all I have to do then is look for my open man. It isn’t frustrating and I just have to try and stay focused like coach tells me.”

On Abi Olajuwon getting into foul trouble…
“It helped but just because you get one player out doesn’t mean that you can feel like you have the game beat because they still have a lot of good players. It is always good to get star players and make them go to the bench.”

Oklahoma Head Coach Sherri Coale

On the defensive effort:
“I was very pleased with the defensive effort. If you hold a team to 57 you should win. Our offensive performance was abysmal. Maybe one of the worst offensive performances one of my teams has ever had. We failed to want the basketball. Nothing’s easy in this league and Baylor had their back against the wall, if that’s possible after one game. They rose up to the challenge and did what they had to do. I thought the young guards handled themselves well and did what they had to do by funneling us towards (Brittney) Griner and let her impact the game. They did a great job, give them credit.”

On Brittney Griner’s play:
“She can affect your shot, but she can’t affect your swagger unless you let her. If you don’t run the sets or try to get open then you won’t have to shoot and you won’t have to miss. There was a lot of that going on.”

On shooting 29 percent at halftime but still maintaining a lead:
“I thought are you kidding me? Could you possibly play worse than that? And that’s what we did.”

On Oklahoma's post play:
“It obviously affects you when you get so many post players with so many fouls. They made 18 free throws and we only attempted eight, that’s probably the difference in the game. We didn’t attack them or make them foul us.”

Guard Danielle Robinson

On the game:
“We’ve got to have confidence in each other to keep together. I think we just kept missing block outs and (Morghan) Medlock got some offensive putbacks and that definitely gave the momentum back to them. We were so passive on the offensive end.”

Forward Amanda Thompson

On the effect of playing tough defense:
“It’s hard, but it’s not an excuse on the offensive end. I could’ve done better. But I was trying to really limit Brittney’s touches down low, but I wouldn’t use that as an excuse.”



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