Notes and Quotes: July 30 - August 5, 2007

"I'm just really impressed with how Connecticut is playing right now. From the get go, they played a lot harder than we did. They got to all the loose balls and all the long rebounds. When teams do that to us, we've got problems."
• The Chicago Sky's Coach Bo Overton on the Sky's Tuesday night 74-56 loss to Connecticut.

"I just played the game, if there was an open shot, I just took it. That is the way that we play, we try to force the tempo. Houston is always tough. Whenever you have Tina (Thompson) and Tamecka Dixon, two players that are proven mega stars, especially in Tina (Thompson), it is always going to be a tough game. We knew it was going to be hard fought. It came down to the last minute, we made a couple of plays and we won the game. When you can win ugly, it means that you are starting to come together as a team."
• The Mercury's Diana Taurasi on defeating Houston Tuesday night 76-74

"She really ignites them. She comes off the bench and gives them the push. She's one the best sixth women in the League. She should be a starter. The only reason why Kara's not starting is because they like to play pressure defense. She could be a starter on any team in this League."
• Seattle's Sue Bird on Sacramento's Kara Lawson coming off the bench

"We know what it takes to win games, and for us it takes a lot of energy on the defensive end. It takes us playing together, passing the ball, just feeding off of each other, just being explosive. Coach brought that to our attention the first half, we played okay but it wasn't our level. It wasn't the way we played basketball."
• The Monarchs Chelsea Newton on going on a 9-0 run in the fourth quarter of Sacramento's 82-76 win over Seattle.

"We're very confident because you have a lot of people doing a lot of good things. Instead of just one, two or three, you have four five and six doing what they're supposed to do too. No one's trying to do too much. Players are here to do certain things and, when they com into the game, they're doing those things. Jamie (Carey) is here to shoot threes and she's doing it well. Evanthia (Maltsi) is coming in shooting and playing with confidence. Everyone is playing with confidence and doing the things that they do well."
• The Sun's Nykesha Sales discusses Connecticut's confidence after defeating Indiana 84-59 on Sunday to put them on a 4 game run..

"It's good just to be able to be a part of the playoffs, not going through the regular season and sitting at home and watching it. Now we're actually a part of it.''
The Silver Stars' Shanna Crossley on her team clinching the first playoff spot since the franchise's move to San Antonio to the Houston Chronicle

"If we want to have any hopes of getting to the playoffs, we've got to get our work done before this West Coast swing,"
• The Mystics' Delisha Milton-Jones on what Washington needs to do to make the playoffs to The

"It's always a big confidence builder when you can get over that hump. We felt we've been so close lately. Now, we finally got one."
• New York's Erin Thorn on the Liberty snapping a seven game losing streak Thursday night in a 71-66 victory over the Minnesota Lynx to AHN

"It's frustrating…When you fight and come up short, it is that much more frustrating. The key thing is we did not give in and give up."
• Minnesota's Seimone Augustus on Sunday's 80-77 loss to Houston to the Associated Press

"This doesn't necessarily mean she's coming back; she just worked out with us...But I think it was good for us. Nobody said anything, but I think the other players really enjoyed seeing her, and having her out there again."
• Los Angeles Coach Michael Cooper on superstar Lisa Leslie practicing with the Sparks to the Los Angeles Times

"That was very enjoyable and very rare…It's hard these days. There's so much parity in the WNBA, it's hard to blow anybody out."
• The Sun's Katie Douglas on blowing out Indiana 84-59 to the Hartford Courant

"Probably the worst game from top to bottom we've played all year."
• Washington's Coach Tree Rollins on the Mystics Tuesday night 66-57 loss to the Fever to The