April 5, 2005
Baylor Coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson
Baylor was just 7-20 when you took over the program. How do you produce a National Champion five years later?
"With great assistant coaches and administrators that convinced me that Baylor was the place to be."
On the women's basketball team's influence on the Waco and Baylor communities:
"Look up at these fans. That's how we change the Waco community. We're positive, and there's a lot of good there. There's great programs, great coaches, and this (title) is one of many more to come."
On the team effort:
"Stephanie and Sophia are All-Americans, and we know what they bring every night. What the country fails to realize is they're not the only two players we have. How about Abiola Wabara, Emily Niemann, LaToya Wyatt, Chameka Scott. Every one of those ladies contributed, and that's how we won the National Championship."
Baylor Guard Chameka Scott
On winning a national championship:
"I am pretty overwhelmed right now. This hasn't snuck in yet and I don't know when it will. This is an amazing feeling. I just keeping thinking we aren't done yet and there have to be some more games to play. Overall, I am just excited and relieved that we got done what we set out to do."
On her play against Michigan State:
"My defensive play wasn't where I thought it should have been, but LaToya Wyatt stepped up. She was great and really stepped up tonight and gave us exactly what we needed. Offensively, I came in and did what I wanted to do tonight. The game was such a team effort. Even though I was on the bench, I was cheering and everybody was just getting excited for the win."
Baylor Center Steffanie Blackmon
On her motivation to play well:
"My motivation came from the fact I didn't get to play in the NCAA last year, so tonight I just wanted to lay it all out there. I only had one more game, so I had to do it tonight."
On their inside post play against Michigan State:
"One thing we emphasized, number one, was defense. In the NCAA Tournament it's all about defense. Defense starts our offense and it did tonight."
On their offensive strength in the post:
"One of the things we emphasized all year was attacking, pushing into their bodies to at least draw the foul, so that's what we tried to do."
On how important this win was for Baylor basketball:
"This means a lot. It is such a blessing to be here and a blessing to win because this is what we worked so hard for. I really think we put our eyes on the prize in the beginning saying this is what we want to do. We set goals, and we reached every single one of them. This means a lot for the community. We've been through a lot. We had a tennis national championship and now we can say we have a women's basketball national championship."
On how this group was able to turn the program around:
"It's dedication and hard work. It's blood and guts. We just had to roll our sleeves up and get it done... It wasn't easy."
Baylor Guard Chelsea Whitaker
On the play of sophomore Emily Niemann:
"Emily is probably the best pure shooter, male or female, in my opinion in the country. She is just that good. She works on it all the time. She's always in the gym and it's only a matter time before she starts letting them go. Once she hits a couple, there's pretty much no stopping her."
On being taken out early in the game and coming back in to spark a first-half run:
"[I just needed] to calm down. Angela [Tisdale] did a great job. She's a freshman playing in a big game like that and she did a good job. We were just trying to slow down and calm down and get back to Baylor basketball."
On slowing down Michigan State's guards:
"We can play good defense and we just tried to make sure we did that. We tried to run them to make them more tired, so that they couldn't focus on their offense. We did that and got up and down the court a little bit."