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Baylor, Notre Dame Postgame Quotes

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NO. 3/3 BAYLOR 73, NO. 5/5 NOTRE DAME 61
DEC. 5, 2012 • ATTENDANCE: 9,149

  Head Coach Kim Mulkey

On the test that Notre Dame’s provided…
“First of all, I want to compliment everyone that we have run into here. Everyone here has been very good to us. Notre Dame supplies a very educated and knowledgeable crowd. Sometimes when you go on the road you expect things to get ugly, but I really just want to compliment everyone that I have run into. From the basketball end, I thought we really got going with Brooklyn Pope. I don’t know what it is about the Irish that brings out the best in her, but every time we play them she has a phenomenal game. We really had to weather the storm when we got down with everyone we had on the floor.”

On Skylar Diggins having a poor game…
“It is early in the season. I was a point guard and I have always been very critical of point guards. Odyssey Sims is the best point guard in the country. And you can put that in your notes. What does she have to do to get that kind of recognition? She has played Skylar four times and has won every ball game. She has won a national championship. Odyssey didn’t have one of her better games either, but she never stopped being tough on the floor. She never stops guarding people.”

On Odyssey Sims making things more comfortable for her as a coach…
“We have a comfort zone since we had so many returning players. My comfort zone has expanded to more players. Even with Odyssey’s injury, I was not afraid to put any of our younger kids into the game even tonight when we are playing in one of the toughest places to play in the country.”

On if her team made a statement to be number one again…
“Let somebody else have it. All we want to be are champions at the end of the year. That has never been something that we have worried about. We just want to get to the final four and try to win another one.”

On the importance of playing in a hostile environment…
“This team will play Stanford at a neutral site, at Notre Dame, and at Connecticut. The schedule is my best coach this year to keep my team humble, and to make us better."

  Junior Guard Odyssey Sims

On tonight’s game…
“We started out slow, but I was excited to be back out there with my team. Sometimes we got down, but I feel like I kept them up high. We pulled together as much as we could, and we never got down on ourselves. We kept playing. We never gave up.”

On competing against Skylar Diggins…
“It is always fun going up against great players, and she is one of the best players in the country. I always enjoy going against her. We don’t really have a rivalry. It is just two great players going against each other.”

 Senior Post Brittney Griner

On developing patience…
“I just try to let it come to me. I guess you could say that last year I started to become more patient. I have learned the importance of keeping the ball moving. Whatever I can do to help my team, I am going to do it.”

On making a run at the end of the game…
“I just took it one play at a time. I was looking to post up strong when I had to. I got out of the post sometimes so they couldn’t double-team me that much. I was just trying to help the team.”

On her comfort with Odyssey Sims…
“It is always nice to see Odyssey out there giving everything she has. That trickles down to the wing players and the post players. She goes out there and busts it night in and night out.”

 Senior Forward Destiny Williams

On her return to Michiana…
“It felt awesome tonight. I saw a lot of familiar faces out there, and that felt great. I am very happy and I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to come back and play in front of my family and friends.”

On improving throughout the course of the game…
“I know that we rushed a couple of shots in the first half. I felt like we were trying to keep the pace up, and we were not being patient enough. Once we got the ball reversed a little more, it really opened up the game for us. In the second half we made it to the free throw line more. We had great energy in the second half.”



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