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Baylor News Conference Quotes

March 21, 2014

 Head Coach Kim Mulkey

On how the game will be for her tomorrow not coaching:
"Let me answer that, if I may and let me be long-winded. Quit writing about me being suspended, because really the game is not about me and the focus doesn't need to be about me. I'm suspended. I don't regret being suspended. I'm going to fight for my team and that's why I'm suspended. But it's about those players, and I don't care what happens tomorrow, win or lose, it's not going to be because I was or wasn't on the sideline. I say that in all honesty, because those guys that will be leading the charge tomorrow are my right and left hands - they do everything for me: scouting reports, who we need to guard. I just now and then call a timeout. So let the focus be about the team. And see that's why really suspending me that wasn't the answer because it takes the focus away from the team and this is about the student athletes. How's it going to be? I don't know. I'm going to sit at home and have a big plate of food. I'm not going to come up here and watch the other game, I'm going to watch that on TV as well. If I don't like the way it's going, I'll go out in the yard and pick weeds and every now and then walk in the back door and check the score. I'm not nervous about it. I'm not uptight about it. I'm very confident in everybody that will be in that locker room and on that floor."

On if there's still some nervousness when playoffs roll around:
"I don't think nerves or antsy is how I'd describe it. I think you're excited. It's like when you tip off a basketball game as a player - you have those butterflies but they go away immediately. This is it - it's do or die. You get excited for your team, you don't take it for granted, and you always remember that no matter what happens there are a ton of people that would love to trade places with you. We've had some of the most exciting times in Baylor women's basketball, and we've had some of the most disappointing times. It's all a part of it. The longer you're in the business the more you've got to learn to deal with all of it. You're excited when it starts, and you realize at the end there's only going to be one happy team. Everybody at some point is going to be disappointed, 63 are going to be disappointed. But at the beginning before you tip it off everybody is happy, everybody is excited and it feels good."

On what she expects from the younger players:
"I think once they tip it off and once they score a basket or do something good they'll relax. I anticipate they'll play like they have all year. The two week layoff is a concern because I really don't know how it will affect us. It did give us some time to heal some bodies, but you'll be rusty. So after we play I'll better know if I like the two week layoff or if I don't like it."

On if the team's inexperience in the postseason will impact them:
"I don't know you can say we're inexperienced now. I tend to think the Big 12 prepares you for the postseason. If we were in a weak conference, you may be a little hesitant to wonder how they're going to perform but our league prepares you for it. In fact, I think a lot of good conferences, a lot of the coaches in the conferences will tell you it's a relief to get to the NCAA tournament because you don't have to see each other. That's the approach I'm anticipating will take place. Western Kentucky won't know as much about us as a league foe would and we probably don't know as much about Western Kentucky as one of their league foes would. So I don't worry about that."

Senior Guard Makenzie Robertson

On playing without head coach Kim Mulkey:
"It is going to be obvious that we are missing her. She is kind of dominating over there. We are ready and she has prepared us and we have great staff and assistant coaches that we trust the same. We are just going to have to go out there and take on a stronger leadership role."

On playing Western Kentucky:
"They have some posts that can do it all - shoot three's, take charges, run the floor. We are just going to have to play as a team."

On playing for assistant coach Bill Brock:
"All of the assistants have been a head coach at one point so they are used to stepping into that role. Coach Brock is probably not quite as crazy as my mom, but he has the intensity and competitiveness and he knows how to reach out to us as players."

Senior guard Odyssey Sims

On playing without head coach Kim Mulkey:
"I think Saturday will be different just not having her on the sideline. I think she has prepared us all week. She has done a good job helping us out as much as she can. I think we will need to step up a lot more than we have before just because it is something new to us that we have never had happen before, but I think we will handle it just fine."

On Western Kentucky:
"I think that they switch up their defenses and they press the whole game. You never know what defense they are in. They try to make you play a little faster than what we are used to. We have been working on it all week. We cannot let their defense dictate how we play on offense. I think we will be fine once we get used to it."

On playing for assistant coach Bill Brock:
"I think Coach Brock is fired up, not only to coach on Saturday, but he is ready for the game. We have a good coaching staff. We have been taking care of business and they have also been doing the same. He is a great coach and I think he will be pretty fired up to play on Saturday. We haven't played in two weeks so we are ready to get back on the court and I know they are ready to coach us."



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