Mulkey clearly is a good coach, but it’s a stretch to talk about the 2005 team as if it didn’t have great talent. Sophia Young, the top player on that team, is one of the best players to ever play in the NCAA and was a very high WBNA draft choice. She was All-American that year and the next year. Also Stephanie Blackmon was an All-American that year as well. And Stratton, who was a senior that year, was another 1000 point career scorer. They also had a couple of other good players.
Ironically, with the discussion above about recruiting violations, Mulkey was found guilty of a very large number of imermissible phone calls to recruits a few years ago and the program was put on probation and lost a couple of scholarships.