WACO, Texas (KWTX) Baylor head women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey had one thing on her mind moments after beating the top-ranked team in the nation in a nationally televised thriller Thursday night at the Ferrell Center in Waco; her new grandson Kannon Fuller.
"Him," Mulkey said as ESPN sideline reporter Holly Rowe asked what was going through her mind.
Her daughter, Makenzie Fuller, who is also a member of her staff, then passed her son to Mulkey as she continued with the interview.
It was the first comments the coach made after upsetting a Geno Auriemma team that hadn't seen a regular season loss since 2014.
"This is his second Lady Bear game. How 'bout that?" Mulkey said to Rowe while kissing Kannon on the forehead.
It's a softer side to the coach following an emotional year that many fans don't often get the chance to see.
Kannon Reid Fuller was born Oct. 12 to Makenzie and her husband Clay following the devastating loss of their first child.
Their first baby, a girl they named Scout Marie, passed away after doctors were unable to detect a heartbeat during a weekly checkup in November of 2017.
Scout was missing the right side of her heart and was believed to have Turner’s syndrome, a rare condition in which a female is born with just one X chromosome, which can cause physical and learning disabilities.
The loss devastated the family and led to Mulkey missing the team's game against UCLA in California.
Mulkey said while the last year has been tough on the family she's been inspired by her daughter and son-in-law's faith which motivated not only her but her entire squad.
“Clay and Makenzie have unbelievable faith even after losing their first born, Scout,” Mulkey said.
“Watching Kannon in their arms brings tears to my eyes knowing they kept the faith and knowing the love they have for Kannon.”
Mulkey says that her grandma name will be “Yaya” and she’s already got big plans for her big grandson.
“I will spoil him and don’t mind letting folks know,” Mulkey said, laughing.
The win Thursday is Baylor's first ever over a #1 ranked team.
The Lady Bears' win also ends UConn's 126 game regular season winning streak.
The Lady Bears will open league play Sunday at Texas Tech.
"Let me tell you what our kids played so darn hard. They guarded, they defended, they listened to the scouting report. You know, the Standford loss woke us up."
We’re a pretty good basketball team. I can’t tell you enough about these fans. Look around this arena. Schools out, we don’t even have our students here: they did their jobs...tremendous basketball game, great for women’s basketball."