Feb. 7, 2009
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NO. 8/7 BAYLOR (19-3, 7-2) 59, NO. 18/14 KANSAS STATE (19-3, 6-3) 50
FERRELL CENTER - WACO, TEXAS
FEB. 7, 2009 - ATTENDANCE: 6,125
Baylor Head Coach Kim Mulkey
On the second half:
"We went with a smaller lineup in the second half with Melissa Jones inside. I thought it worked because it allowed us to get some transition buckets early in the second half to create some excitement and to get a good feel about yourself. I thought there were different stages of the game when our defense was good in what we were asking them to do. One minute we are asking them to switch and go behind screens and then later in the game we are asking them to pressure."
On the team effort both defensively and offensively:
"(Shalee) Lehning is one of the best, if not the best point guard in the country. She averages about eight assists a game and today she had four assists and six turnovers. Anytime that you can get a kid like that to have those kind of stats it is great. Then you look at (Ashley) Sweat. She lit A&M up for 25 points and she got her 17 points today, but she has seven turnovers. Something good is happening on the defensive end of the floor. Moving to the offensive end we made plays down the stretch. Jhasmin (Player) and (Jessica) Morrow, both seniors were able to take us there today. Kids made plays down the stretch. They weren't playing not to lose. They were playing with confidence to win a basketball game."
On the seniors and Jessica Morrow:
"Seniors have to take you there. It is a cliché that a lot of coaches like to use, but it really is a truth. They have been in those situations more than any players you have and I thought Jhasmin and Jessica just made plays at the end of the game and they made big shots. I have said it all along that Jessica Morrow is having a great senior year. Everybody knows the ups and downs that she has had in her career and she is leading our basketball team now with her consistent play with making shots (and her willingness) to guard the best player on the other team.
Baylor Guard Jhasmin Player
On the second half adjustments:
"We wanted to stop playing at their pace and then we wanted to push the ball up the floor. Getting deflections and rebounds is the easiest way to do that so that means that we have to dig a little deeper and play defense a little harder in order to get those chances to get transition buckets."
Baylor Guard Jessica Morrow
On changing the flow of the game in the second half:
"I think we just had a mindset of trying to push the ball more instead of playing at their pace instead of our pace. We just wanted to push the ball and get good looks and that is all that I try to do."
Kansas State Head Coach Deb Patterson
On the game:
"It was a game of runs. I thought we didn't come out very well in the beginning of that first half. Baylor did real well with their early possessions and they jumped up on us. We found a way to battle back, but in the end I thought Baylor made more assertive runs on the offensive end of the floor."
On her team's turnovers:
"On the road against a team like Baylor, you have to take care of the ball. I think the points off turnovers when it is all said and done against a team of this caliber was the difference. It was not typical for us to have 18 turnovers, credit Baylor's defense."
On Baylor's post play:
"We have so much respect for what Danielle (Wilson), Rachel (Allison), Ashley (Field), and Morghan (Medlock). They are big, they are strong, and they are always physical rebounders."
Kansas State Senior Guard Shalee Lehning
On playing with foul trouble:
"It requires me to play smart and that is something we had to continue to do."
On Baylor's defense:
"I think it was a normal night defensively. I saw looks I normally see. I wasn't necessarily looking for the shot near as much as probably the pass game."
Kansas State Junior Forward Ashley Sweat
On Baylor's post play:
"Baylor has a great post game. They have so many people that can play in there."