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Baylor, Oklahoma State Postgame Quotes

Feb. 20, 2010

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No. 18 BAYLOR (19-7, 6-6) 80, No. 17  (18-8, 6-6) 69
FEB. 20, 2010

Baylor Head Coach Kim Mulkey:
Opening the play of Nae-Nae Hayden:
"Nae-Nae has grown since she has been here. I hope she will take this film and say, `I want to do this every night and every day in practice.' If she does, she is going to make us better. Nae-Nae is a wing player. Unfortunately with the team, I have had her back up Kelli (Griffin). She is most comfortable at the wing, but she has accepted the role of helping us at the point. Now with the situation of injuries on the team it allows her to go and play the position that she is most comfortable with. I thought you saw a kid that was really just a spark for us."

On the play of Shanay Washington:
"I thought rebounding was a big key. I thought Shanay Washington did a tremendous job of one, getting them one shot and two, she got some big offensive rebounds for us late in the game."

On the play of the offense:
"We had patience. We gave (Brittney) Griner looks and if we couldn't find her we didn't try to force it. We had wings flash from the offside, we had posts flash when they saw openings, we took great shots, we had great ball reversal -- we were just poised. You didn't see things that were in a panic and you didn't see things that were bad or forced. There was a little bit more poise out there tonight."

Baylor Freshman Guard Nae-Nae Hayden:
On her performance:

"I was excited because I didn't play the first time against Oklahoma State. I was a little bit upset so I knew that this time I was going to come out playing hard. I wanted to give it to (Andrea Riley) because I played with her in high school. I've always wanted to play against her so I was just came out with the three 3-point baskets."

On her confidence level during her first start:

"My confidence grew (throughout the game). Once the team (saw that I was confident), they got excited and it helped me even more."

Baylor Freshman Guard Shanay Washington:
On crashing the boards:

"The first couple of put-backs that I had I was just throwing them over the guard figuring that I would get fouled. The team just told me to calm down so I just started thinking that if I get the rebound I know that I couldn't go back up so I just wanted to get it into my point guard's hands."

Baylor Freshman Center Brittney Griner:
On her growth as a post player:
"I am starting to get more comfortable when I am being guarded. Instead of making that quick pass when I am double and triple teamed, I am waiting to see if somebody is going to make that cut into the paint."

Oklahoma State Head Coach Kurt Budke:
Opening statement:
"First of all, I just want to say that this was a very competitive college basketball game tonight. I thought it was a lot of fun for the fans to watch, and I thought both teams went after it really hard. Both of these teams are kind of in the same position, need to win games, and I think you just saw two teams respond tonight."

On team's overall performance against BU:
"We didn't quit. We knew we wanted to come out and get off to a good start. We really didn't change anything, just did what we were supposed to do. We did make a few mistakes in the first half, left some shooters open. But the bottom line is to beat Baylor, you've got to challenge their inside shooters. You've got to give them credit for knocking down the shots." "They (BU) spread out the scoring, they had five in double-figures. I know that's what Coach Mulkey's been looking for all year long. And they're going to become a very dangerous team the rest of the Big 12 and in the Big 12 Tournament if they continue to get five in double-figures every night."

On BU freshmen Brittney Griner:
"Obviously, Baylor is a very tough team. When you have someone go off like they have, they're going to win. They've been looking for help from Griner all year long, she's obviously an unbelievable force inside. But, I think I have an unbelievable force too sitting right next to me." "I thought we did a nice job on Brittney tonight, we really did. On most nights if you do what we did to Brittney Griner tonight, with how Baylor's been shooting, then you give yourself a chance to win."

Oklahoma State Senior Guard Andrea Riley:
On team's performance heading into the final minutes of the game:
"We had a shot at giving ourselves a chance. I think that we played with unbelievable passion and enthusiasm tonight. We are always very excited to play here, and I think that these two teams really showed how talented we are and how much we have heart. We hate losing, but at the same time we play hard and you feel good about yourself and know that there is a future in winning ball games if you continue to play like that."

On her performance tonight:
"I really don't think about points, I just really try to make plays. I came to win, but it's so hard to play against a team like this. I mean, Baylor is a transition team and they're very athletic. I think you have to match their intensity every time."

On BU's Kimetria Hayden's play tonight:
"Well, we went to high school together, she was a freshmen and I was a senior. So, I'm really proud of the way she played tonight. I mean I'm used to seeing it from when we were in high school, but I think that she is just unbelievable."



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