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Baylor-Louisiana Tech Postgame Quotes

Dec. 5, 2009

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#8/8 Baylor 77 – Louisiana Tech 67 – Dec. 5, 2009
Ferrell Center (Waco, Texas) – Att.: 6,582

Baylor Head Coach Kim Mulkey

On the game…
“I thought both teams missed wide open shots. I will tell you it wasn’t great defense on our part; we just missed wide open shots to start the game. I thought we started very passive defensively and I thought on our end offensively we just missed shots. I thought the game was a game of spurts. I thought we extended the lead then we became complacent and had no fire or energy. I was most disappointed with Kelli Griffin and Melissa Jones. Your freshmen today at Baylor came through for you; your returning players did not.”

On play of the team…
“I don’t look at the score. I am looking at developing people, personnel and expectations of individuals. When we got up 24 points, it was like there was no sense of urgency instead of understanding that Louisiana Tech is a very good basketball team. We just had some returning players that coasted today.”

On Shanay Washington…
“She did some good things and then she did some bad things, but that is to be expected. As she continues to get the minutes she is just going to get better and better.”

On Jordan Madden…
“I thought Jordan Madden came off of the bench and gave us a spark. The more she does that, the more confidence I gain in her and the more minutes she plays. She is lightening quick and she runs the floor and she gets in passing lanes. When a kid can come in and give you a spark, you bet it gets my attention.”

Senior Forward Morghan Medlock

On Baylor’s 28-6 run in the first half…
“After the first media timeout we just all came out of our shells. Coach (Mulkey) was talking to us a little bit and coach (Leon) Barmore chimed in as well and just let us know that (Louisiana Tech) is here to play. It woke us up a little bit and it is kind of sad to say that we went five minutes like that. We came out and did what we were supposed to do afterwards.”

On her offensive role…
“I think (getting the ball) was definitely in the flow of the offense. I am learning to just let the game come to me whether or not Brittney (Griner) is in or out of the game. There was nothing that needed to be forced and the ball was just coming my way. Coach Mulkey always tells us to take advantage of opportunities and to slow down and gather yourself. I think that is what I did.”

Louisiana Tech Head Coach Teresa Weatherspoon

On the game…
“I am extremely proud… Extremely proud of the way our kids fought from beginning to end. When you are having your All-American sitting over on the bench, it is kind of tough for our kids with the height we had to deal with. One thing that is truly pleasing is we never give up no matter what the deficit might be; we never give up.”

On what Baylor did to take a big lead…
“What you have to understand is we are playing against a very good team, a very physical basketball team. What we are learning once a team goes on a run, we have to get stops. We did a pretty decent job of getting open shots, we just got to knock them down. We were in a battle with an incredible basketball team. It has given us a good deal of confidence of who we are, where we are and where we are going.”

On playing man defense…
“That is our identity. That’s who we are. We are man to man. We are in your face.”

Senior Post Shanavia Dowdell

On guarding Brittney Griner…
“We knew we had to try to keep her out of her comfort zone. When she is low and on the blocks, it is pretty much a done deal, she is going to score. We did sets to try to keep her out and try to keep her from getting low, so she would not dunk on us.”

Junior Guard Tarkeisha Wysinger

On playing difficult competition…
“I think the harder teams we play, the better we will be once conference starts. We should be number one (in conference), but this will prepare us for it.”



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