Baylor women’s basketball won its third national championship tonight, holding off Notre Dame 82-81. After the game, head coach Kim Mulkey gave a memorable interview.
Baylor was able to win despite losing standout Lauren Cox to an apparent serious knee injury in the second half. Post-game, an emotional Mulkey was asked by ESPN’s Holly Rowe why she was crying.
She immediately singled out Cox, who she called “the heart and soul of our team.”
“Lauren Cox! My God, she’s the heart and soul of our team,” Mulkey said. “And I just know she’s hurt because that kid would’ve gotten up. But you know what — God is good. He blessed these kids. They fought through it.”
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Cox was able to rejoin her teammates on the bench for the final minutes of the game, and she celebrated with them after the victory.
Meanwhile, Mulkey brought her grandson Kannon on stage during the trophy presentation. That had to be a special moment for her, considering she lost her first grandchild to a pair of birth defects.
What a range of emotions on display after this game.
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