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Baylor, Mississippi Valley State Postgame Quotes

Dec. 30, 2011

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DEC. 30, 2011 • ATTENDANCE: 7,634

  Head Coach Kim Mulkey

On the Christmas break:
"It's important for a lot of reasons. The first reason is, I always give them five to seven days off; that's the only time of the year we can take off. Also, to me, Christmas is the most important time of the year. I want to be with my family, and I want my players to be with their families because we don't get any more days off. The second thing is, because of the length of the season, you get tired of each other. You need a break to rejuvenate a little. Non-conference is over. The break is over. There won't be another one. We did this as a player at Louisiana Tech. I needed the break. The coaches needed the break. It's something that I mention to the parents of players I recruit: You will have them home for Christmas. Sometimes it's not always possible with tournament commitments, but I still want them to get a break of five to seven days if I can do that. It's something that is very important. I'll take the struggling of how bad we look when we come back, but with the longevity of the season, it's the right thing to do. "

On what the team needs to work on before conference begins:
"You know, I'm going to name five or six things. The first thing is to not become complacent. You can't be complacent after beating Notre Dame, Tennessee and UCONN. You can't become complacent as a fan, coach or player. The Big 12 will humble you quickly. These next games will be more important than the non-conference games we have played. The players know this. We're going to have to work on execution and seeing a different style of play every game. You get to play everyone twice this year. You're going to see teams lose more games than you normally will because of playing people twice. It's going to be brutal. We're going to have to work on blocking out and execution. We have got to execute better."

On Brittney Griner's technical foul:
"I didn't see enough to take her out of the game and reprimand her. I trusted my coaches there by what they saw... It was probably a reaction to something the other player did, that wasn't dirty. "

On the chances of getting guard Shanay Washington back:
"I will talk to our trainer tomorrow and figure out what the latest is. We are hoping to get her back. A week before Christmas, she had a little swelling in her knee, but it was just from going hard during rehab. We told her to slow down and back off a little bit. We still haven't heard anything yet about her possibly returning."



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