Feb. 28, 2010
#17/17 BAYLOR (21-7, 8-6) 70, KANSAS (15-12, 5-9) 47
FERRELL CENTER WACO, TEXAS
FEB. 28, 2010 ATTENDANCE: 8,575
Baylor Head Coach Kim Mulkey:
On the offense starting 9-for-9 from the field:
"That is a sign of a team growing up; that is a sign of the kids becoming more confident and that is a sign of a team playing well at the right time of the year. We just had great ball reversal, great patience and just took good shots. That is good to see."
On Baylor's run prior to the half:
"It was very big. I told them at half time that the group that was on the floor did a good job continuing to defend, push the ball and continue to take good shots. I thought that was a big statement over those last three or four minutes to extend the lead to double-figures as opposed to letting them tie it or cut the lead even more."
On the play of team as a whole over the last few weeks:
"I feel great. It was good to go out there and see Shanay (Washington) have a good game. It was good to go out there and see Morghan (Medlock) and Kelli (Griffin) get back to playing like we know they can and Brittney has done it the whole year with two or three people hanging on her. Now, to see all of them contribute, it is fun for them and it is fun for the fans. It is rewarding for the coaching staff to say `Wow, she just finally did what we wanted her to do in the month of January.' Now they do it without thinking and that is what you hope happens to a team."
Junior Guard Kelli Griffin:
On Baylor starting 9-for-9 from the floor:
"I didn't think that we were going to make them all but it sure made us feel good and gave us a lot of confidence."
Freshman Guard Shanay Washington:
On running the transition offense:
"It has been working. It is just easier (for me). If figure that you just score faster so I just run because I have a good point guard so I just keep running until Kelli (Griffin) throws the ball to me."
Freshman Center Brittney Griner:
On hitting the first couple of shots to start the game:
"Coming out and hitting your first shot just gives you confidence for the next shots. Hitting the first couple of shots (just helped me for the rest of the game)."
Kansas Coach Bonnie Hendrickson
On post play:
"We did it twice in the first half and twice in the second half (drawing Griner off the block with screens) and it allowed us to dump it into the post, we just needed to do more of that. I felt like it'd be important to hit those 15-foot shots and our rebounders to be aggressive with it. In the end there were just not enough possessions to keep it close."
On Griner's improvement:
"She's a talented kid and there's so much talk about how physically impressive she is but she's unselfish and passes well for her age. There's a lot of things about her that make her good even if she was 6'4 because she does those basic things well. She's done a great job."
Kansas Freshman Forward Carolyn Davis
On attacking the goal:
"I had to play with no fear, I couldn't be scared because she was taller than me and could block shots"
The effect injuries will have in the postseason:
"I still have total confidence in my team, they're fighters, we need to regroup and not dwell on this game."