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Baylor, Notre Dame Postgame Quotes




Dec. 1, 2010

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#2/2 Baylor 76 – #16/16 Notre Dame 65 – Dec. 1, 2010
Ferrell Center (Waco, Texas) – Att.: 7,239
POSTGAME QUOTES - BAYLOR

Baylor Head Coach Kim Mulkey
On forward Brooklyn Pope:
“I thought Brooklyn came to play tonight. I thought she was very aggressive and she played under control. She didn’t try to do too much. She just let the game come to her. She was very good.”

On Notre Dame’s late run:
“There is a reason that (Notre Dame Head Coach Muffet) McGraw is in the Hall of Fame. There is a reason her teams always win, and there is a reason she has won a national championship. They don’t go away. You had three seniors in the starting lineup for them. They have experienced players. I’m not going to come up here and make an excuse for inexperience. I’m going to come up here and tell you that we’re not a basketball team that is glad that we won, but we’ve got to get better and it starts in practice. When you have a 22-point lead, you’ve got to learn how to extend the lead, take care of the basketball and it doesn’t start at game-time, it starts at practice. I don’t want them to come up here with all smiles and act like “Oh, we’re all relieved we won a game.” I want them to come up here and be bothered by the fact that we allowed it to be a closer game than it should have been.”

On what went wrong in the second half:
“I can name a number of things and it starts with turnovers. It starts with then you come out of a timeout, you better know what we’re running, you better execute it whether we’re on defense at that time or on offense at that time. That comes with me getting their attention. That comes with me making sure in practice every day that they bring it to the floor. I don’t them in the locker room that I don’t want it to be a downer. We won the game against a very, very well coached team. But I don’t want them feeling good about the win because there are too many bad things that took place out there and we’ve got to get better.”

Guard Brooklyn Pope
On her strong performance:
“I’m going to get through the hump of not playing. Coach (Kim) Mulkey works with me. She has shown patience with me by keeping me in the lineup and keeps trying me. I got that tonight, I played okay.”

Post Brittney Griner
On her ability against Notre Dame:
“I kind of see it every night (being pushed around in the paint.) I just can’t fade away like I did.”


Notre Dame Head Coach Muffet McGraw
Opening statement:
“I thought (Brittney) Griner was obviously a tough match up for us. We had a decent plan going in, but we didn’t execute as well as we wanted to. In a stretch where we really needed to get some stops, she was able to score. I thought (Brooklyn) Pope hurt us. We really did a poor job guarding her. She scored all of her field goals right around the basket and on rebounding. That I thought is where we lost the game. Offensive rebounds, they had 19. We turn it over a lot in the first half and that put us in a gigantic hole. We worked our way out of it a little bit, but the turnovers in the first half and their offensive rebounding and we were in a little bit of foul trouble. It is disappointing because we thought we played our game for about 15 minutes, and they are a great team. They are a Final Four team and I thought they just really hung together when we made our run and showed a lot of poise.”

On the plan to guard Griner:
“We were trying to force her back to her right and double team her. The guards just forgot the plan. They didn’t rotate over, so it was really the guards. The posts did a good job doubling. We were trying to double team her and have the guards protect the basket and they forgot.”

On the play of Skylar Diggins:
“She is obviously our go-to player. She played like an All-American today and had a great game in a big game on the road. I am just proud of the way she played and really kept us in the game. She did everything thing she could to win the game for us.”

Forward Devereaux Peters
On guarding Griner:
“She is a good player and obviously we are going to focus on her, maybe a little bit too much when we should have been rotating and doing some stuff in our defense that we wouldn’t normally do. She is a really great player and we tried to double or get her off the block a little bit in the beginning and that wasn’t working.”

On if Brooklyn Pope took advantage of the focus on Brittney Griner:
“I think definitely in the first half she took advantage of that and she drove a lot. We were playing off of her and she got a whole lot of layups in the first half. I think that was huge for them. In the second half we tried to contain her a little bit, but I think we dug ourselves a deep whole by not guarding her.”

Guard Skylar Diggins
On what changed to allow Notre Dame to make their run:
“I mean we just picked up the intensity. I mean, we were like a deer in the headlights in the beginning of the first half. Finally in the second half we picked it up. The gamer in us kicked in. The heart finally showed up. We wanted to win. I think in the first half we were playing light and then finally we started to pick it up like we need to get up. We need to get steals. I think we were making shots. We were getting out in transition and that is when we get confident. Our team plays off of emotion, so when we get steals, we score in transition, I think that just translates over to the defensive end. That is how we got the run going.”


 

 

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