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Baylor, Minnesota Postgame Quotes

Dec. 5, 2010

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#2/3 Baylor 103 - Minnesota 56 - Dec. 5, 2010
Ferrell Center (Waco, Texas) - Att.: 6,581

Baylor Head Coach Kim Mulkey
On starting Odyssey Sims and Nae-Nae Hayden together:
"I thought it was good. We only had one turnover at the half and ended the game with five. With Odyssey, you knew it was going to happen the minutes and the starting, but you had to be careful with the knee. I did not want to come out here early in the year, a freshman, got to learn the system, got to get comfortable out there and just felt like it was time. With the five games prior to conference starting, we need to get the right people working together on the floor. It allows Nae-Nae to go back to her natural position at the two and I can't tell you enough about Nae-Nae Hayden stepping up when Kelli Griffin quit and took over her position. Thank goodness she had played some last year because she did very well there."

On the three-point shooting:
"I thought we passed the ball that extra pass today. There was a lot of ball reversal. I thought we were looking for each other. I don't think, very few times, did we take bad shots and when you can get the perimeter players shooting like that, it opens things up for Brittney. It was a good day and it was good everybody got to play."

On the break the team now has:
"I like it. I will say this, I thought we were ready to play today. I just like the mindset of our team the last two days of practice. They were enjoyable to coach in practice and today we were ready to play. Now we have finals coming up let's see if they can focus on their finals, but also come for a couple of hours every day and give me what they gave me these last three days."

Guard Odyssey Sims
On getting her first start:
"As she said, I knew the day was going to come. I just didn't know when, so know I have to take advantage of it in practice, work my butt off and show her that I can handle the starting position and lead this team where we are trying to go."

On if assists are more important to her than scoring:
"I look more to pass than shoot because I want to get my team involved, but I think I just need to do a better job distributing the ball as far as ways to get it to (Brittany Griner) down low."

Guard Kimetria Hayden
On if she is more comfortable playing as the off-guard:
"I am actually comfortable at any spot. I just want to get it done. It is great to move to my natural position to where Odyssey can have have the ball and I can get a couple of threes in like I did today and just have fun."

Forward Brittney Griner
On the production from the guards:
"When they hit threes like that, it really helps me out because it makes them go out and guard them. It gives me a little more room to move around and post out."

Minnesota Head Coach Pam Borton
On defending Baylor:
"I think that sending help down there and trying to attack her before they got the ball and when she got the ball, I thought we did a pretty good job at the beginning of the game. We were going to force them to make three's and force them to make jump shots, and they did. They are an extremely tough team to defend when you've got the best center who has ever played college basketball here, and you have got four perimeter players who can knock three's down; that is really tough to stop. I think with Sims moving into the lineup, I think she is a great player. She is a three point shooter, she is a tough defender and she makes them so much better."

On Odyssey Sims' impact:
"I think she makes more of a consistent or another three-point option on the floor; a consistent three point option. Not that the other kids cannot shoot but she is one of their best three-point shooters from deep three-point range. Spread the floor out and Griner is more open inside. I think they present a lot of problems when they have shooters on the perimeter and they have got a 6-8, great athlete inside."

On this team compared to the 2005 National Championship team:
"Obviously it is very different. Her players are bigger; physically stronger. Obviously Griner is a matchup issue for anybody in the country. I think that is the biggest thing. We played Sophia Young and she was a matchup issue as well and a great player. I think physically stronger, better shooters. I think they are the same type of team defensively. They have always been a good team defensively but Griner is a big difference."



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