Baylor coach Kim Mulkey insisted that she never puts one team or one championship above any others, but she did admit that sharing this Big 12 championship with her daughter, senior guard Makenzie Robertson, made Monday night special.
Mulkey became noticeably emotional talking about her daughter during her postgame news conference.
“After the game, she was real emotional,” Mulkey said. “When you’re a senior and you take that uniform off for the last time, there’s no feeling like that. She knows her days are numbered, and she knows she has given us everything she can.... I just hugged her and kissed her, like I would with any of them that are emotional because you’re just happy. Those are tears of joy.”
KIMBLE ENJOYING FINAL DAYS AS ‘THE MOUNTAINEER’
After two years as West Virginia’s Mountaineer mascot, Jonathan Kimble passed the torch — or, in this case, the musket — to his successor at Saturday’s home men’s basketball game, when WVU shocked Big 12 champion Kansas.
But Kimble’s days as the Mountaineer don’t officially end until April 11. He’ll graduate with a master’s degree this spring and go back to being a normal West Virginia fan.
After working the Kansas game Saturday in Morgantown, Kimble hopped on a flight to Oklahoma City early Sunday morning. But his connecting flight in Houston was delayed, so he made it to the Chesapeake Energy Arena just in time for the Mountaineer women’s semifinal game against Texas. Tuesday morning, he’ll travel to Kansas City, Mo., for the Big 12 Men’s Tournament.