Dec. 13, 2008
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NO. 10 BAYLOR (9-1) 63, SAMFORD (6-3) 51
FERRELL CENTER - WACO, TEXAS
DEC. 13, 2008 - ATTENDANCE: 5,692
Baylor Head Coach Kim Mulkey
On the 23-point lead in the first:
"If they would shoot the ball better in the first half, it wouldn't have been a 20 point lead. Their Princeton offense is hard to guard. Anyone that can teach that kind of motion offense always stands a chance in games no matter what the lead is. They backdoor cut you, they shoot the threes, they do all kinds of stuff. I'm never comfortable when I play teams that run that Princeton offense. Then when you add the fact that we have finals and I had four missing in shoot around, you really stay nervous. I would like to compliment them because those kids run it pretty darn good."
On Danielle Wilson:
"Danielle hung in there. She probably made the defensive play of the game on the block shot in transition when they were making their run. Not only did she run the floor to get there, she had to stop in mid-air and hold her body there so she could continue to block after the kid did a double clutch. She held their leading scorer to three points and she was contesting shots. She had a little bit of cockiness about her out there tonight. I tell her it's ok to get excited and show a personality out there. Danielle was a special player tonight."
On the importance of free-throws:
When you can't hit a three, it's real big. I don't think we made a three all day. We went to the foul line and didn't make our free throws. When you don't make your free throws when they cut the lead, it gets a little tighter and that rim gets just a little bit smaller the next time you're up there."
Baylor Post Danielle Wilson
On establishing herself early on in the game:
"It helps a lot, but it all starts off on the defensive end. Coach always tells us to play hard on the defensive end and the offense will come to us. We have great guards so the guards will get me the ball as soon as they see my numbers or if they see me have a good post up."
Baylor Guard Jhasmin Player
On strengthening the five point lead:
"First, you have to love being at home. We had a game just like this in the Virgin Islands and we couldn't handle ourselves. We lost the game. I think one thing that really helped us was the crowd. At one point you had everyone in the stands standing up and yelling and although we couldn't hear the play call, it got us through the next three minutes. We have grown since the Virgin Islands against Wisconsin because less than a month ago we lost that game, but I think most of all of it was the crowd. "
Samford Head Coach Mike Morris
On the game:
"Baylor is good, we all know that. They are a very good team and they are well deserved in their ranking. We cut it down to five or six in the second half against a very good team and I was pleased with that and our effort. I am disappointed in the loss, but to be in a situation where the crowd has to stand-up and rally for the home team to get a stop or two, I think was good for our team and showed us a lot. It is something we can take back with us in conference play."
On Baylor's inside presence:
"Their strength is around the goal with their size and ability. We switched some things up in the lineup... I went with a little bit bigger line up and I think that helped us. We got some stops and some loose balls. As far as our effort defensively, you get some defensive stops and rebounding you don't have time to think about your shots and that is usually when you start making some... And a strength of our team is making threes."