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Baylor-Texas A&M Postgame Quotes




Jan. 27, 2010


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No. 14/16 Baylor 61 (15-4, 2-3), No. 8/8 Texas A&M 53 (15-3, 3-2)
Ferrell Center – Waco, Texas
January 27, 2010 - Att. 8,702

Baylor Head Coach Kim Mulkey
On the return of Melissa Jones…

“I sure wish we would have had her over the last four games. That’s what you expect players of her caliber to do. She makes everybody around her better. She is involved, she understands that game and she communicates with me as a head coach in the timeouts as she sees things that I don’t see out there. She is our captain and she is our leader. For her to go out there and play as many minutes as she did—she is so valuable to our young basketball team.”

On the play of the defense…
“I thought Morghan Medlock, when (Danielle) Adams went down in the post, did the best that she could with being as physical as she could against a bigger player. When Adams went outside we tried to contest as many shots as we could. I thought we did a good job early in the game of not allowing Texas A&M to do what they do to everybody and that is to be physical, get in passing lanes, hold, push and do whatever the officials allow you to do. We took it to the basket and consequently fouls were called and we made free throws.”

On the last four games…
“We need every game. We needed the one against Missouri, but we can’t get it back. We needed the one here against Nebraska, but we can’t get it back. What we did in those two games is we competed to the very end and you didn’t have that (Melissa Jones) and that leader out there that could execute something so that you could win a ball game. You didn’t have that experience on the floor. I look back and think, ‘wow, what if we would have had her.’ You can’t look back. We have 11 more games and we have to win as many of those as you can to get a good seed in the conference tournament.”


Baylor Junior Guard Melissa Jones
On the win…
“I think having this game at home was really good for us. It gave us that home advantage and it brought us a little bit of excitement.”

On her return…
“I thought it was great but I don’t think that I should take credit for this game at all. Our team was just focused. We were just focused going into the game and I think that they acted in the locker and the way that they acted in warm-ups was just outstanding. All of that really brought this team up to start the game out.”


Baylor Freshman Post Brittney Griner
On the return of Melissa Jones…

“We are going to be comfortable with M.J. out there. She is our captain. She is the glue that holds this team together. To have her out there on the floor lifted all of us. Like Coach Mulkey said, she makes us all better. We all benefit from her.”

On the importance of the game…
“I knew we needed this win at home. We lost to Nebraska on our home court and you never want to lose on your home court. I kind of had a little something on my back coming into this game so I just wanted to go out and do real well.”


Texas A&M Head Coach Gary Blair
On the game…

“Give Baylor a lot of credit. They didn’t do anything special, they just executed a lot better than we did, particularly on the offensive end in the first half. They were running their sets and doing a great job. We had good shots in the first half, we just didn’t get it done.”

On the play of Brittney Griner…
“Once you play her for the first time… It didn’t bother Missouri, but it bothered us. Her presence was very good and her altering shots was key. That is why she is who she is and she is a great player.”

On the play of Melissa Jones…
“The difference in the ball game, you could say, was Melissa Jones. Her attitude makes everybody on that team play hard. They would not be 1-3 if Jones had been there for the first four ball games. Jones looked like she was playing hurt and she gutted it out. That showed a lot of class.”


Texas A&M Junior Guard Sydney Colson
On the game…
“I felt like this game, we dug into the lead late but I think the most we got it to was five or six. I saw a lot of fight in our team. In the huddle, I could see the intensity in people’s eyes. We didn’t come up with the big stops when we needed them.”

Sophomore Guard Tyra White
On the game…
“I basically just wanted to step up when my other teammates don’t. At the beginning, we were rushing our shots and just scared of Brittney. Eventually, we started taking it inside and getting to the free throw line.


 

 

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