Nov. 25, 2007
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Baylor Head Coach Kim Mulkey:
On the game:
"The difference for us was that we had our post players on the court in the second half. Rachel Allison and Danielle Wilson sat for most of the first half with foul trouble. I thought that Jessika Bradley and Jessica Morrow played really well in the first half for a lot of minutes. We played with a lot of intensity in the second half and were able to get some transition baskets. Our bench scoring was really key too. Jessica Morrow and Jessika Bradley came off the bench and scored some big baskets for us. I think that our bench outscored theirs which was a key to the game."
On Angela Tisdale:
"She struggled some in the first half; I think she was 1-of-6 from the floor. But she hit two big three-pointers in the second half which gave us a lift. She took over the game and was able to distribute the ball. Then she was able to take care of the ball against their pressure."
On the play of freshmen:
"I thought that Melissa Jones did a great job in her first start. She had some key offensive rebounds and helped us run the ball well. She and Kelli Griffin did a good job of keeping our team together in the first half."
On getting a win against a ranked opponent:
"Every win is big. Just because they have a number by their name makes it big, I guess, but every game is big. We need to get all the wins we can to try to help us make it into the NCAA Tournament."
Baylor Post Danielle Wilson:
On first half foul trouble:
"It was tough to sit in the first half. Jessika Bradley and our guards did a good job of picking up the slack and making sure that the game was close."
On Cal forward Ashley Walker:
"She is very aggressive on both the offensive and defensive ends. She has a lot of post moves, so to play against her was a real test for me."
Baylor Guard Jessica Morrow:
On coming off the bench:
"It doesn't really matter whether I start or come off the bench, I just want to make sure that I come out and help the team. When you're coming off the bench, your job is to be a spark for the team, so I just tried hard to do that."
Baylor Guard Jhasmin Player:
On the strength of the Cal team:
"Cal was by far the best team that we have played this season, so we knew coming in that this was going to be a good test for us. I thought that we were able to keep our poise in the first half when we got into a lot of foul trouble. We were able to overcome a deficit and then played well in the second half."
On playing a difficult first half:
"We knew that the first half was going to end at some point, so we just tried to hold on until halftime. We knew that in the second half that Danielle Wilson and Rachel Allison would come back in the game, so we wanted to go back inside to them. Both of Cal's posts played a lot of minutes in the first half, and we knew that Danielle and Rachel would be fresh and could have an advantage inside. We got into a flow and a rhythm and then everything started clicking. We got a steal and a block and were able to turn that into transition baskets and then our crowd got behind us and helped us in the second half."
Cal Head Coach Joanne Boyle:
On the game:
"I am quite disappointed on the outcome after playing a pretty good first half. Baylor is a great team and Kim (Mulkey) has done a great job with them. They had their two big guns on the bench during the first half, so I think they came out on a mission in the second half. It was the worst half of basketball we have played all year."
"Baylor is a good shooting team; they haven't been a great shooting team, but if you are going to give them lay up after lay up, then the basket becomes about eight feet wide and everybody can hit jump shots at that point. I think it was a culmination of Baylor getting so many easy looks early on that they just became comfortable and relaxed, and we didn't do anything to stop them."
On the second half:
"I think their two big guns got to play in the second half, and that made a huge difference. (Angela) Tisdale knocked down those threes. I think they came out with a presence on defense and we didn't. We just did not have that presence like we did in the first half."
Cal Forward Ashley Walker:
On Baylor's second half start:
"Nobody wants that to happen. We knew they were going to come out hot, and we just couldn't withstand their run like we did in the first half. In the first half they would run, and we would push back with our own run. That is something we did not do in the second half."