Feb. 18, 2012
1/1 BAYLOR 56, TEXAS TECH 51
Sat., Feb. 18, 2012
Ferrell Center (Waco, Texas)
| BAYLOR QUOTES
| Head Coach Kim Mulkey
On Texas Tech's success in the first half...
"They spread the floor and hit threes. They were 6-for-8 at the half, and all of those threes were contested. If that basketball team played like that every night, they wouldn't be what they are in the league right now. That basketball team was really good, and I thought that our team responded and played as hard as they could to win a basketball game. It's supposed to be like that. Didn't Connecticut get beat tonight? Okay, it's supposed to be like that in February."
On the change in momentum at the start of the second half...
"I thought our defensive pressure picked their pace up. We got into a flow of Tech dictating what they wanted to do by spreading the floor, dribble penetration and keeping (Brittney) Griner out of the post. We just needed to pick the pace up, grind it out and start the second half with more ball pressure."
On Terran Condrey's critical contributions late in the game...
"Well Terran's a senior, and you want your seniors to have good senior years. She took five shots and made three of their shots, had a bad turnover late, but she hit some big buckets when we needed them."
On finishing out games...
"Well it's a good sign when you win, but even tonight if we had lost the game, you need environments like this to prepare you. It was two good teams playing their hearts outs. We made enough plays down the stretch to win it. When I look at it, we shot poorly from the foul line. Could it have been fatigue? I don't know. Late in the year everybody's fatigued. I watched men's game today, and they we're all fatigued as well. It's February."
|Junior Post Brittney Griner|
On tonight's effort in order to clinch the Big 12 regular season championship...
"Anytime that you put a lot of hard work into something, when you get it, it makes it that much sweeter. It makes you want to protect it that much more."
On tonight's competitive game enhancing goals...
"Tonight's game definitely shows us that the rest of the games are not going to get any easier. A good game like this definitely helps get us prepared for the tournament because every game is going to be close."
On the turning point in the second half...
"In the second half we just stayed in our system. You know, run our offense, get in rhythm, and grab rebounds. I don't think we ever gave up. Making plays and getting stops really helped us finish it out."
| TEXAS TECH QUOTES
| Head Coach Kristy Curry
"We say `twelve-strong', we talk a lot about being `twelve-strong'. I thought our kids did a nice job. Basketball is a game of runs, and I knew they were going to make a run and it had to be in the first few minutes. They were able to sustain that. It was just whoever came up with runs a little longer and I was proud of our kids for getting back in."
On the game plan...
"Against those guys you try to play the percentages and to get them to play as hard as they can. I thought we played really smart. As far as the execution, we were willing to take shots and make plays."
On out-rebounding Baylor...
"I don't think we're as big as them, you know, I think that rebounding is about heart and going and getting it. So, I'm really proud of our kids for really wanting the basketball."
On what she takes away from the loss...
"Well, you know, it's gut wrenching, it hurts like heck. But, we know there will be more victories. You know, it's like I always say, `close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.' But we certainly played some of our best basketball against those guys and we've got to bottle it up and take that to the next four opportunities that we're blessed with. Hopefully we can end this thing strong."
|Junior Guard Casey Morris|
On their confidence...
"It's always there, we always think we can beat any team we play against. We know how talented we are, we all know how good we play when we play together as one and it makes you feel entirely strong. So, confidence is there the entire game, we just hooked up a little bit and we couldn't play. But, we're coming right back, we're going to keep on playing."
On what was working...
"I think we were just executing and taking shots when it was open and making good decisions. We outsmarted them in some positions and just played basketball smart."