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Big 12 women's basketball notebook

Oklahoman Published: October 23, 2008
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Bench power
Baylor’s Kim Mulkey already ranked as one of the game’s best coaches.

Now she may rank No. 2 on her own staff.


Mulkey coaxed her former coach and Hall of Famer Leon Barmore out of retirement, adding the legend as an assistant. Barmore coached Mulkey at Louisiana Tech, where he led nine teams to the Final Four and won the 1988 national championship.

Mulkey said he’s making quite an impact on the Lady Bears, who have been respectful, if not intimidated.

"I think they’re respectfully fearful,” Mulkey said. "And I love that. They know his history and they know what I think of him. And if I’m letting him speak, you better listen.

"Our first day of practice, we had 300 fans in the stands. And when he spoke, and he doesn’t speak loudly like he did in the day, he speaks very, very calm. Everybody in the gym hushed and listened to what he had to say.”

Budke’s miss
OSU coach Kurt Budke is a Barmore disciple, too, having served on his staff and succeeding him at Louisiana Tech.

Couldn’t Budke sell Barmore on Stillwater?

"I knew he had the itch,” Budke said. "I knew there was a chance of that coming. I’m just so happy for coach. I love coach Barmore. To have him back in the game again, the game was missing something without him. He’s one of the greatest of all time.”

It’s all Good-rich
When Sequoyah-Tahlequah product Angel Goodrich tore her ACL last Sunday, it wiped out her true freshman season but it didn’t diminish what Kansas considers a major recruiting steal.

"For her it was an opportunity to be a program-changer,” said Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson. "That speaks to her self-confidence, her self-esteem, her belief in what we’re doing. We we’re thrilled. The first time I saw here was her eighth-grade year and we’ve been chasing her for a long, long time and we’re just excited she said yes.”

Henrickson has compared Goodrich, a three-time Super Five selection by The Oklahoman, to NBA All-Star point guard Chris Paul.


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