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Baylor, Kansas State Postgame Quotes

Feb. 23, 2011

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FEB. 23, 2011 • ATTENDANCE: 7,820

  Head Coach Kim Mulkey

On the defensive intensity:
"I thought we were committed to having five players in a correct ready position, and have some energy and intensity and they made some shots with the clock winding down. But you can live with that. You just have to make sure you bounce back from a tough loss and I think we did. I thought these two captains set the tone for us. It was just a game where we understood the importance, and we understood that we are back home and we get another chance to play today."

On starting Jordan Madden and Brooklyn Pope:
"Nene (Kimetria) Hayden has been doing so good at being a spark and I felt like I shouldn't start all of your spark plugs together, have them come in at different times tonight and keep us going. And Nene is a trooper, she just wants to play. It has nothing to do with demoting her, or demoting Destiny (Williams). This late in the year you start to see tired kids, heavy legs, you see freshman who have played well all year start to struggle, you just try to maintain a freshness about your team and I just thought it was time for us to do that."

On breaking the Ferrell Center season attendance record:
"It feels good when you put a product on the floor, when you are a coach or a player, and people respect it. And for that many people to still come to our games, we feel it, we appreciate it and I don't think there is a game where we let it go by without acknowledging it in some way. We have some really die-hard Lady Bear fans and it is great in recruiting and it helps us."

  Senior Guard Melissa Jones

On her career at the Ferrell Center coming to an end:
"It crosses my mind every day. It has been such a great experience here at Baylor and you are excited, but it just makes you want to work harder and finish strong."

  Sophomore Post Brittney Griner

On her block at the end of the first half:
"Just after watching film, and going through practice, we were just ready to come out and play our basketball."

On what the loss at Texas Tech means to the team now:
"Well you never want to lose but it opened our eyes. And it helped us, we learned from it."

On what she did to be more of an offensive presence tonight:
"I stood too much in the Texas Tech game so tonight. I was trying to move around and get open and just demand the ball."

  Head Coach Deb Patterson

Opening statement:
"I was obviously impressed with how hard Baylor played and how competitive their disposition was on both ends of the floor tonight for the full 40. They truly competed as a team and established Brittney (Griner) early in that game, and I don't think that we matched the intensity that they brought to the floor and certainly not the focus and the intelligence that I think we're capable of bringing. This pretty much was a dominating performance by Baylor tonight relative to what we brought to the floor. It was a good defensive effort by them. I thought our offense was non-existent in the first half and very spotty in the second. Truly there probably wasn't one area of this game that they didn't dominate tonight."

On the impact of Melissa Jones:
"She's one of the quality guards in our league. She's got a great basketball IQ. I think coach Mulkey has wanted her to assert herself a little bit more. She picks her spots, and I think the spots she picks are good. I'm sure there are moments when she might need to take more on her shoulders for coach Mulkey. Tonight was another classic example of her filling that stat line and doing what any given possession required, not forcing plays but willing to make the play when it presented itself. Players like that impact the spirit or morale of another team in critical situations. I think that's what great players do."



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