Baylor's Kim Mulkey cheers daughter to Texas title

By JIM VERTUNO, AP Sports Writer Modified: March 7, 2009 at 6:27 pm •  Published: March 7, 2009
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photo - Baylor coach Kim Mulkey shouts instructions to her players during the first half of a game against Missouri on Feb. 14 in Waco, Texas. Baylor won 72-43. (AP Photo/Duane A. Laverty)
Baylor coach Kim Mulkey shouts instructions to her players during the first half of a game against Missouri on Feb. 14 in Waco, Texas. Baylor won 72-43. (AP Photo/Duane A. Laverty)

AUSTIN, Texas — Baylor coach Kim Mulkey won national championships as a player and coach, yet none felt quite as special as the latest family title won Saturday.

Two hours before her No. 5 Lady Bears were set to tip off against No. 10 Texas A&M, Mulkey was 100 miles south, watching, cheering and pumping her fists as her daughter Makenzie Robertson won a Texas Class 4A state championship with Hewitt Midway.

A junior guard, Robertson scored eight points and had seven rebounds in Midway's 50-27 victory over Mansfield Timberview, hitting consecutive 3-pointers in the third quarter. Hewitt is just outside Waco.

"I'm a proud momma, baby," Mulkey told The Associated Press while watching the postgame trophy ceremony. When it was over, she got a big hug from her daughter before it was time to jump in the car to get to her own game.

"This is a special moment for our family. Championships are hard to come by," Mulkey said.

Asked which felt better, hers or her daughter's, Mulkey didn't even pause to think. A child's championship tops it all.

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