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Baylor, Missouri Postgame Quotes

Jan. 23, 2010

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MISSOURI (11-7, 1-4) 70, 10/12 BAYLOR (14-4, 1-3) 62
JAN. 23, 2010

Baylor Coach Kim Mulkey
On Griner's early foul trouble, and being out of rhythm. . .
"We got off to a great start and never got back in the rhythm. We are searching for guards. At all levels in men's and women's basketball you have to have guards. I think Kelli Griffin was, from start to finish, the most solid player we had today. As a coach you need to have your rotation down but we're searching with this many freshman and sophomores."

On half-court execution. . .
"Half-court execution is where you struggle the most when you're young. I think that pushing it in the open floor is easy to do. But then fatigue sets in and they figure out to send one or two players back so [Missouri] stopped those transition buckets. You're going to have to grow up and learn how to execute in half-court."

On keeping Griner on the bench the first half. . .
"Well you are only down one at the half, so you feel like you could take that chance if you got down double figures and you needed to stay close, but we held our own in there with her on the bench."

On losing to Mizzou. . .
"I don't think it is great shame losing to Missouri. I know you look at their record and think that. But when you look at who they have lost to, all those ranked teams, they were in all those ball games. You are looking at a very veteran ball club. You are looking at seniors and juniors who hit some big shots for them today, and hit some threes, and played extremely intense and fired up. I really don't look at who we lose to, I just look at the fact that we lose. We still have to get better, and healthy. A lot of that guard play that I'm talking about would be solved if we had Melissa Jones, my junior returning player. But I don't have her so I've got to get her well and only time will heal her."



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