Baylor Postgame Quotes

March 6, 2008

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Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey:

On the game:

"When we were up by one we had turnovers by your upperclassmen. We had upperclassmen with the ball in their hands who made bad decisions. I thought that when big shots had to be made, Oklahoma State made them and we didn't. I thought that the crowd was great. When you are coach you feel helpless sometimes and tonight I felt helpless because I could not help them get that one shot, or that rebound, and we did not get them and Oklahoma State did."


"It was late and the game was tight. That is when players make players. Those possessions add up. That is what happened to us. You have to give them credit for making big plays whether it was a big shot or a big rebound, which was the difference in the game."


"I hate it for Tisdale. I hate seniors to go out on their last game at home with a loss, particularly since it was our only loss here this year."


On finishing in second place in the Big 12:

"As a coach you take all the responsibility and you put it on your shoulders and you feel like you failed your kids, your fans, and your school. You are helpless. Not many times in your career do you put yourself in the position to be a champion. And we let that slip away tonight. We had three games to do it and we did not get it done. If you can't be champions, I guess second place is alright."


"You get mad at your kids when they don't play hard. They played hard. But you have to have a mental toughness about you to win championships and sometimes you are not made up that way. I have looked so much for some of our kids to have that make up to get in there and get those lose balls. It is just something that you keep working on and one day they will get it. And we did not have enough of those today."


"It was a game that could have been won by either of us. But when we took the lead we did not have enough maturity and we turned it over."


Baylor post Danielle Wilson:

On the game:

"With any game, you are always going to try and get your lead back, on your home court, for your senior. That was a physical game, but it was just like any other game. They are always physical whether at home or away. It is BIG 12. That is what you expect."


On the final score:

"It is always frustrating, but players make plays and they made big shots whenever they needed them. You learn from your mistakes and don't let them happen the next game."


"This game is going to help us al lot. When it is crunch time you have to step up and make plays."


Oklahoma State Head Coach Kurt Budke:

On the game:

"Obviously I am very excited about my team tonight and we competed in an unbelievably hostile environment. On a night that was senior night and they [Baylor] had a chance to win the Big 12, I thought our kids came in and did what we had to do to win. We are not the prettiest club but we have a bunch of competitors and a bunch of people with fight. I just couldn't be more proud of where we are at right now."


On Baylor's Performance after the loss of Jhasmin Player:

"Kim Mulkey has done an unbelievable job this year. I felt when Jhasmin Player was on this team, that they [Baylor] had every piece to the puzzle. Honestly, at one point in time, I thought they [Baylor] would be undefeated in this league when they had everybody healthy. She [Kim Mulkey] is a class act and a great coach. She never made excuses and all she did was keep competing and keep fighting until they had a chance to win the Big 12. She did an unbelievable job."


On the importance of this game:

"The girls were very aware of what this game meant to us. It didn't mean a Big 12 championship for us tonight, but we knew the seeding, we knew that we wanted a bye, and we knew that we wanted a chance at Oklahoma City. You have two warriors sitting next to me. This one [Andrea Riley] gets all the publicity and very deservingly so; she deserves it. Everyone designs a game plan to get her stopped and she goes up and gets 27 points. But this one [Shaunte' Smith] doesn't get enough credit. Shaunte' Smith and Rachel Allison are the two most aggressive and hustling players in the Big 12."


Oklahoma State Guard Andrea Riley:

On motivation coming into the game:

"Our motivation started in practice. They haven't lost a game at home, and that was very motivating because we were thinking `maybe we can go in there and play them tough and come out with a victory'. I thought we played absolutely well. They defended well and they are a tough team. For us to come here and give them their first loss is very exciting."


On Oklahoma State's start in the 1st half:

"I think was it more of a focus issue. We got easy baskets in transition. Coach [Kurt Budke] said that we need to push the ball hard and play hard. I think that hustle plays and defending great led to easy baskets."


Oklahoma State Forward Shaunte' Smith:

On the Inside Game:

"I think we just outhustled them and we wanted it more. They out rebounded us, but it all comes down to who wants it more and who wants to win. I think we had that fight in us that we were not going to give up and we came out with the win."



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