Jan. 17, 2009
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Postgame Press Conference
NO. 5 BAYLOR (14-3, 2-1) 75, OKLAHOMA STATE 57 (12-4, 1-1)
FERRELL CENTER - WACO, TEXAS
JAN. 17, 2009 - ATTENDANCE: 7,189
Baylor Head Coach Kim Mulkey
On the importance of the win after Oklahoma State denied Baylor of a Big 12 title last season:
"We can't go back and get that championship. I certainly wish this was the game last year but I think if you are a competitor, you don't forget those moments. Championships are hard to come by and when someone denies you a championship, I think you a little more motivated to play that team. However, they are a different team and we are a different team."
On the keys to the game:
"I said it prior to the game that I thought rebounding would play a key and if you look at the stats it did. We had 19 offensive rebounds, they had four. The second thing is that I thought our depth was very obvious. The bench, Melissa Jones, Morghan Medlock, Whitney Zacharison--those kids gave you valuable minutes, and I just tonight was a better indication of me not being afraid as a coach to use the bench. I have to let these kids play. I have a talented bench and I just thought they were very productive tonight and it was the difference in the game."
On the 20-2 run:
"I thought Melissa Jones was able to hit shots from the perimeter which allowed the post a little isolation inside, one-on-one. I thought when we reversed the ball we got it to the post on some isolation stuff. I thought we were very aggressive. I thought that transition defense hurt us early. (Andrea Riley) is so quick that we would score and she is on the other end before you turn around. I thought we were patient offensively and we didn't turn the ball over."
Baylor Guard Melissa Jones
On rallying from an early second-half deficit:
"Andrea Riley is going to get her points and carry this team like she has been doing. I definitely feel like Baylor we have a confidence and we were pretty prepared. We wanted this win pretty bad, so I think that mentality kicked in and took over from there."
Baylor Forward Morghan Medlock
On her impact during Baylor's 20-2 run:
"I am not really sure what I did other than work hard as I do every day in practice. I think I was prepared for any type of defense that was thrown at me as well as my teammates. I just went out there and did what I did in practice all week."
Oklahoma State Head Coach Kurt Budke
On the game:
"I want to congratulate Baylor on a good win, they have a good team. They are tough to beat in here (Ferrell Center). I was proud of our first half effort and I thought we got in and battled. With the injury to Megan (Byford), we get real little real quick, but I thought the ones that played, really played as hard as they could. I think you give Baylor credit for winning the game, but I think we can go home, build on this and we can see parts of the second half where we made mistakes that helped them get their spread. It's a long year, there's not going to be a lot of people that win here (at Baylor). We have to go home with the idea of protecting our home floor in the next one."
On Byford's injury:
"You can see we are not very big and she is our size inside. Baylor has the best two post players that we have faced, and I think they are great players. Obviously we had to change some things defensively about how we were going to play. But injuries are part of it, and we have to adapt, adjust and figure out how to be better in the next one."
Oklahoma State Guard Andrea Riley
On Baylor's run in the second half:
"We were not really offensively in sync and sometimes you go on that little drought. Basketball is a game of runs, but when you give Baylor a 20-2 run, you have to get back into the game. Baylor really pressured and we did not respond like we know how."
On seeing different defenses:
"Coach always says, `You made a name for yourself, so everybody is going to come after you.' You just have to have everybody around do their job, and I think that's when Shaunte' (Smith) and Taylor (Harderman) will step up. If they feel like they didn't do their job tonight, they will bounce back because they have too much heart."