WACO _ Baylor Lady Bears coach Kim Mulkey has always been a straight shooter.
So she wasted little time at a press conference Wednesday expressing her thoughts on what she expects from the Baylor fans when the Lady Bears meet No. 1-ranked Connecticut at 8:30 Sunday night in the semifinals of the NCAA Final Four inside San Antonio's Alamodome.
"I know it's Easter Sunday, and spend time with your family,'' Mulkey said. "Eat your meal with your family at noon, go do your Easter egg hunt.
"But what else do you have to do at 8:30 at night? What! You're going to go to bed? You're going to be fat and full.''
And the perfect way to empty a full stomach?
"Go to San Antonio,'' Mulkey said. "Bring your family to San Antonio and (one day) say, 'You know, I remember when you were at Baylor on Easter Sunday and I took you to watch Baylor in the women's Final Four.'
"Because it's close to home it makes it a little special.''
San Antonio is about a three-hour drive from Waco. It's about the same distance Houston is from Waco.
This past Sunday when the Baylor men met Duke in the NCAA South Regional finals in Houston's Reliant Stadium, about 30,000 of the 47,492 fans who attended the game were dressed in Baylor green and gold. Mukley sure noticed, which is why she's expecting a similar huge backing from Baylor fans for her team's game Sunday.
By the way, Baylor becomes the first women's team to play in the Final Four in its home state since Southwest Missouri State participated in the 2001 Final Four in St. Louis.
-- Dwain Price