When asked what she learned about her team after No. 8 Baylor topped then-ranked No. 20 Kentucky and No. 16 Stanford by an average of 25.5 points, Kim Mulkey was asked what she learned about her team. Her answer was quick.
“We’re pretty good,” the Baylor head coach said. “Don’t look at numbers. Don’t make excuses for us. I don’t usually play but eight or nine, anyway. If you can play, you can be on that floor. The only thing a small bench does is it eliminate some things in drills in practice. You look at 1 through 9 on my roster, those kids can play. And they’re all going to play and they’re all going to contribute. I think it also makes them have a stronger camaraderie and bond and a closeness than maybe a larger team.”
Mulkey’s Lady Bears currently lead the country in assist to turnover ratio (1.76) and field goal percentage (53.5). They’ll host a North Dakota team at 7 p.m. Tuesday that’s coming to Waco riding a four-game winning streak.
Lexi Klabo leads the Fighting Hawks with 19.7 points per game off 44.2 percent shooting from the floor. Nearly half of her points come at the free-throw line where she’s 50-for-59 on the season. The 6-foot-2 junior forward also averages 10.2 boards per contest to go with a total of 24 blocks on the year.
Tuesday’s contest is one of three remaining nonconference games for the Lady Bears — North Dakota (Dec. 5), McNeese State (Dec. 13) and at Nicholls State (Dec. 18) as Baylor begins its Big 12 slate Dec. 28 at Kansas State.
“We played three top-25 teams in Kentucky, Stanford and UCLA,” Mulkey said. “I thought we played a good team in Georgia Tech when we went to Bimini. So now we’ve got three or four left, and then we’re going to God’s country, Louisiana, before Christmas. I think it’s only appropriate. I know she (Wallace) thinks Australia is God’s country, but if you’ve never been to Louisiana, you don’t know about that.”
With a smile, Wallace replied, “You ever been to Australia?”
“I can’t get on a plane that long,” Mulkey said. “Kristy, 36-something hours on a plane.”
Brown, who sat on the other side of Mulkey and who is also a Louisiana native said: “(Kristy), I’ll go with you, girl.”