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Baylor, Texas Postgame Quotes

Jan. 12, 2011

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NO. 1/1 BAYLOR (15-1, 2-0) 87, TEXAS (11-5, 0-2) 72
JAN. 12, 2011 • ATTENDANCE: 6,517

  Head Coach Kim Mulkey

On the game: 
"Keep shooting, keep going in there. They were great looks, really layups. I thought Texas was to be complimented. They came out and played very hard and aggressive which you expected. They hit some really good shots early and we withstood the storm and hung in there and some of those shots we were missing early we started making. I thought it was just one of those nights when you can't explain, it but it's part of basketball."

On the team shooting better in the second half: 
"We didn't win here last year. In fact, I think our record against these guys the last couple of years is like 2-5. They've had our number and I just felt like if you want to win a Big 12 Championship, you're going to have to win on the road. This is our second road trip for us this year. It scares you a little bit as a coach because you have that number one in front of your name but you also look out there and you only have one senior that plays. You have a bunch of sophomores and freshman and it makes you nervous to go on the road."

  Post Brittney Griner

On playing better offensively in the second half:
"Just try to get closer to the rim, get my hand above the rim and just drop it in instead of trying to shoot it and use the backboard."

On playing against Texas P Ashley Gayle:
"She's a good player. She's strong and she makes you work to get position so it was a tough night tonight. Every possession she's making you work.

  Guard Melissa Jones

On getting rebounds:
"I was just trying to get us an extra shot whenever we could get the chance and whatever it took because it was a very tough ballgame. Any chance you get to get another possession and get another 30 seconds on your side, I'm going to try to do it."

  Guard Odyssey Sims

On worrying after getting down early:
"We just had to keep playing and keep our composure. Like coach said, it started in practice the day before and we had a great practice so it showed. We just have to prepare better and go hard in practice every day.

  Head Coach Gail Goestenkors

Opening statement:
"Congratulations to Baylor. I thought they played a really good game and made some good adjustments. I'm very proud of how hard we played as a team as well. I thought it was probably a really good game to watch when you consider they only had seven turnovers and we only had eight turnovers. I thought it was really good women's basketball. I'm obviously disappointed with the way things ended, the last couple of possessions in particular. Overall, I feel like we saw some good things and some things we know we can do better and learn and grow from."

On the difference between the beginning and end of the game:
"Having Ashley Gayle in foul trouble hurt us. We just didn't have that size on Brittney [Griner] anymore and she just turned and scored a couple of times. So I think it really hurt us to have AG in foul trouble. Then they just made big plays. I told the team we played good defense and then at the end of the shot clock we would break down a little bit and Odyssey [Sims] would drive and we'd foul. They hit their free throws down the stretch. Obviously they had a lot of and-ones, so we put them on the free throw line way too much. Defense was good for about twenty seconds and then we'd break down those last ten seconds either allowing an offensive rebound or a foul. Melissa Jones in particular killed us on the offensive glass."

  Junior Guard Ashleigh Fontenette

On how Baylor's defense changed against her in the second half:
"I think they put somebody on me to deny me the ball and I kind of fell into their trap. I quit being aggressive and quit trying to go get the ball, so it was a combination of both. I quit attacking and they denied me the ball."

  Junior Forward Ashley Gayle

On the team's defensive strategy:
"I think being able to play against [Griner] last year really helped. I think we had a really good strategy going in. We've been working on how we were going to play her for a few days now, and not only her but how we were going to play the guards. We knew they were going to be looking high-low and trying to push it inside, so we've been working on it a lot. I think it's helped, but next time we'll be ready. This is why I came here, to play the number one team in the nation and to play somebody that's a great player [like Griner]."



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