"I learned then your health keeps you in the game or it doesn't, and we have really no control over health issues a lot of times," she said. "I learned then this game can be taken away from you in a heartbeat. I'm pretty tough and I can hang through a lot of things, but I know when something's not right. I knew the kidney stone wasn't right, I knew this wasn't right."
Still, Mulkey isn't going to let the latest ailment take away from the Final Four experience and the pursuit of another championship. She said she can't get enough tickets for all her family coming to the game from Louisiana.
"It's intense, it's pressure-backed, but it's fun," she said. "We're going to enjoy the scene at the Final Four and we're going to do things because the older I get the more I realize you may never get back to another one. Go enjoy your family and go do some fun things with your family. We can focus at the right time."
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