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Kim Mulkey vs. Jeff Walz: The transcript from Louisville’s upset of Baylor

by Stephanie Kuzydym Modified: April 18, 2013 at 5:16 pm •  Published: April 1, 2013
Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey talks with officials in the first half of a regional semifinal game in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament in Oklahoma City, Sunday, March 31, 2013.  Louisville won 82-81. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) ORG XMIT: OKSO126
Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey talks with officials in the first half of a regional semifinal game in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament in Oklahoma City, Sunday, March 31, 2013. Louisville won 82-81. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) ORG XMIT: OKSO126

   
By now, you’ve probably already heard that Louisville upset Baylor, 82-81.

By now, you’ve probably also heard about Kim Mulkey’s BRANDI CHASTAIN MOMENT DOT GIF

If not, take a second:


Regardless, the events during the game made for an even more eventful press conference. It was an athletic media team’s nightmare and a reporter’s best dreams.

Anyway, here’s some of the highlights of the transcript of Mulkey and then Louisville coach Jeff Walz’ press conferences::

KIM MULKEY, Baylor

Q: How critical was it not to have a timeout there at the end? What specifically should have happened?

COACH MULKEY: They’ve been taught what to do there. I think they were in such shock that it was a foul called, and I’ll be glad to answer any referee question you want to ask me, because I don’t mind getting fined, so ask me. Now is the time to ask me, okay?

But we didn’t do what they’ve been taught to do. We’re supposed to throw it. You’ve seen us do it many times, throw it to halfcourt for Griner, then let the two guards cross and look for a good shot.

I don’t know really other than maybe they were in a state of shock that a foul was called there. I don’t know.

Q: Can you comment on the officiating of this game?

COACH MULKEY: I thought the game started out way too physical, way too physical. I thought that all three of them, if they go past this round of officiating, it will be sad for the game.

I thought the two critical calls at the end of the game were really bad. Jordan Madden drives in the paint.

We already have the missed shot. She calls an offensive foul on Madden right there. Well, why so late? Odyssey Sims had the rebound in her hand. Then I don’t know about that at the end. It was on the opposite end. I’d have to go see it. You saw it. What did y’all think? Was it a foul? Did anybody here think it was a foul? Honestly, tell me.

Q: I thought it was a foul.

COACH MULKEY: Okay. All I can tell you is the one in front of me, the charge, was critical. It was critical.

I though tit got personal with both teams. When you allow it to be that physical, you have taunting. I thought Schimmel went and got in Griner’s face and all they did was warn her. When Odyssey and Schimmel got into it right there, it became a technical and a technical. What’s the difference?

It got out of hand and it got personal with players, and you don’t like to see that.

:Q: It seemed to get out of hand, like you said. Both coaches were jumping around. Were you concerned that your players were going to keep their composure when coaches and everyone were sort of going crazy on the sidelines?

COACH MULKEY: When you’re down 19, then up 1 with nine seconds to go, do you think they kept their composure? We were down 19 and we went up with nine seconds to go? Did they keep their composure?

Q: I was talking about the last possession when the foul was called, were you concerned people were going to make the right decision?

COACH MULKEY: The girl drove by Griner, your All-American post player. I’m not ever concerned about Brittney making a bad decision. You said it was a foul. I’ll have to go back and see it. I don’t think the referee raised his hand that it was a foul. I thought he was raising his hand that it was going the other direction. I thought he was just going to say it was our ball. I don’t know.

I am proud of the fact that the kids fought hard because they could have quit on you really, and they didn’t. Compliment and credit Louisville. If Louisville can hit 16 threes a game, good Lord, they’ll win a national championship.

Louisville head coach Jeff Walz greets his players as they run back to the bench during a timeout in the second half of a regional semifinal game against Baylor in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament in Oklahoma City, Sunday, March 31, 2013. Louisville won 82-81. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) ORG XMIT: OKSO124
Louisville head coach Jeff Walz greets his players as they run back to the bench during a timeout in the second half of a regional semifinal game against Baylor in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament in Oklahoma City, Sunday, March 31, 2013. Louisville won 82-81. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) ORG XMIT: OKSO124

JEFF WALZ, Lousiville

Q: Coach Mulkey said the officials allowed more stuff to go on, more physical play, than any game since she’s had Brittney Griner. Did you feel it was an unusually physical game? If so, did you think it benefited your team as opposed to Baylor?

COACH WALZ I mean, understand our goal was to stand in front of her, have one behind her. It’s just really hard to comment on that. I really didn’t think it was really all that exciting to watch as an official. I’m not sure what sometimes they were watching.

The fifth foul on Shoni, I’m still trying to figure out what took place there.

You know, we turned and boxed her out. We stood in front of her. We did a really nice job. I told Antonita, ‘Go under her elbows. Go under her elbows.’

We tried to stay as vertical as we could without putting bodies on her. I mean, you know, it’s a game where if you let Brittney catch you wherever she wants to, she’s going to score. She’s the best player I’ve coached against and I tried to game plan against.

When shots went up, we turned and boxed her out. When she got the ball, I told them to straighten up, do not ever bat down on the ball because I didn’t want her to get to the free-throw line.

At one point in time, I mean, we’re up 20, and it’s 8-0 on fouls. We were driving at times and kicking , we still couldn’t get one called. I promise you, we were trying to box out every time.

There’s not question, there was a lot of fouls called against us. I was just thankful on that last drive when Monique Reid went in for the layup, it was a late whistle, but I was glad he caught it because she got clobbered.

Q: There was a team technical called.

COACH WALZ: That was an on me. I was outside the coaching box. I’ve learned, I’m better off if I wear a sport coat because I can step up and rip that off and go halfway on the floor and you won’t get a technical. If you sit on the scorer’s table three feet outside the box, you’re going to get one.

Even though my kid fouled out. My whole thing was, ‘Damn, she fouled out.’ I sat on the score table thinking, ‘Who are they going to put in?’ They run across the floor and give me a T.

I haven’t won a sport coat all season, so I think I might wear three of them on Tuesday night. It’s like that commercial, when you travel, I can run out, take one off, run back out, take a second one off. It’s okay.

(Laughter)

I don’t know. I mean our kids still found a way to persevere. Despite me getting a T, they found a way to grind it out at the end.

Q: Did you keep your composure in this game?

COACH WALZ: I was mild compared to what I usually am. Oh, yeah, my kids know how I am. I’m fighting for them. So if I think some calls aren’t going our way, I’m not just going to sit there and take it.

I stood up for our players. I mean, I’ll have to watch Bria Smith’s charge there for her fifth foul. With all the contact going on on both hands, how do you make that call? Shoni Schimmel’s fifth foul on the drive, I’m dumbfounded.

Kids are getting knocked down and bringing it across with body contact, it’s not called. That’s fine, but I’m not juts going to sit there and take it.

They warned me a few times. Because I was three feet out of my box, sitting on the scorer’s table, they gave me a technical foul.

That’s how I coach, my kids know it.

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by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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