Dec. 28, 2013
Sat., Dec. 28, 2013
Ferrell Center (Waco, Texas)
Head Coach Kim Mulkey
On the game tonight:
"[Alexis] Prince got out of the gates quickly. She was very confident, and you can tell she was trying to get back out there. I thought she did well, and in fact this is her third, big, going hard with no breaks games, and that is good. She has not been able to do that. I thought we settled for too many perimeter shots. McNeese caused a lot of that because they were sagging. You still have to take the ball and create and get to the paint. We needed post touches. We ran some things the second half and we got more post touches. I didn't think we were as rusty as I thought we might be. You can tell some of them were rusty, we didn't get to lose balls and things like that, but it was alright."
On Alexis Prince:
"[She] brings size to the perimeter. She can play the three and four, she can shoot the perimeter shot, and she can post you up. We have just got to keep her healthy because she helps us offensively. She is one that can score for you and give Sims some relief. With the injury that she has you just never know. It is just pain tolerance."
On the non-conference schedule getting the team ready for the conference season:
"I wasn't real sure with that many underclassmen that didn't have experience what their confidence level would be. I didn't want to over schedule, and sometimes you go too soft. It wasn't just for this year, it was for next year when you don't have Odyssey Sims. You need to get them experience, you needed to get them minutes on the floor. I am enjoying coaching this team. Each team is different in their personality, and this team doesn't require me to raise my voice a whole lot. They listen and you only have to tell them things one time. It is a challenge for me because I am intense, I am passionate and I get into it, but I realize that they tune me out when I do that. I don't have to do that with this bunch. You just talk to them and I guess you could say that that is a little fun. They really have a different personality than I have had to coach the last three or four years."
Senior Guard Odyssey Sims
On becoming Baylor's all-time leader in assists:
"It' a great honor. That's not something that when I came to Baylor, I was looking for. I still will continue to play my best."
On the balanced support from her teammates in tonight's win:
"It shows that we have a very balanced team. Everyone can score the ball at any time."
On starting Big 12 Conference play:
"It means a lot (to play in a tough basketball conference). The Big 12 is always hard to play in, and it will be very competitive this year. I think that our team is ready."
McNeese StateHead Coach Brooks Donald Williams
"We wanted to come here and compete, and we felt like we did a good job of that at some times. Baylor is one of the best teams in the country and a really tough offensive team to guard. They're a tough team to try and slow down, and sometimes we felt like we did a good job of that, but other times we struggled. It's certainly a great game to play right before conference because we see what we need to work on. It was good for our players, especially our young players who don't quite understand some of the things that we harp on. This shows up in big games against big opponents like this, but now we can go home and work on the things that we need to work on to be prepared for conference."
On how Baylor pulled ahead...
"Transition. Their transition game is extremely tough; probably one of the best in the country, if not the best. That really separated the game right before halftime and then carried over into the second half. We didn't get back and cover as well as we could have, but they're just tough to guard in transition."
On Baylor guard Odyssey Sims...
"There is just no good way to guard her, she is just so special. She is one of the best, and maybe the best player in the country. She can just do it all. There is no good way to guard her. Do you go over screens? Do you go under screens? Do you trap them? She can beat all three of those things. She is just extremely tough to guard and plays very hard. She is very rare."