"She throws things most kids don’t see let alone try to throw,” Henrickson said. "I was just so excited to be able to coach a kid like that. It’s disappointing, but she’ll play again and she’ll be better because of this because of how tough she is.”
Lights, camera, action
OSU guard Taylor Hardeman
had her own film crew during media day.
Her father, John
, recorded the Oklahoma State senior’s every move at the Cox Convention Center with a camcorder. He works a few blocks away in downtown Oklahoma City and decided his daughter’s morning at media day was worth him playing hooky.
"I need to be here for this one,” John Hardeman
said. "I’m going to be around for all of it.”
Still a ‘Player’
Baylor senior guard Jhasmin Player
said that she was devastated after her ACL injury last season.
After crying the whole flight back from Kansas State she did what college kids do and got on Facebook.
"And I had probably at least two Facebook messages from a player on every team in the Big 12,” Player said. "That’s when I knew that it’s greater than basketball. I’ve got cards from coaches. Everyone just showed me some support and showed me that they cared and shared ACL surgeries.”
Back to Bedlam
Budke was asked about bringing back the Bedlam rivalry after the Cowgirls and Sooners split the series in front of record crowds.
"Well, we had to finally do our part in the rivalry, in the Bedlam,” Budke said. "We had to do our part. Oklahoma has been there. They’ve been on top, and we had to carry our end of it. So now that we’re carrying our end we expect that rivalry to be sold out at both ends for years to come.”
Texas A&M coach Gary Blair
says freshman Adaora Elonu
has a chance to start for the Aggies. She’s the younger sister of Chinemelu Elonu
, 6-foot-10 sophomore on the Texas A&M men’s team.
Blair said the Elonus have set a goal of being the first brother and sister to be named all-Big 12 in basketball. "I’d love to see that happen," Blair said. "They’re a great family."
COMPILED BY ANDREA COHEN, JOHN HELSLEY, BERRY TRAMEL, JUSTIN HARPER, JENNI CARLSON, JOHN ROHDE