Notes and Quotes, May 30, 2006

Connecticut Sun forward Nykesha Sales on Saturday's game against Detroit, to the Hartford Courant:
“For the beginning of the season, just the third game in, it felt like we were in the playoffs."

Houston Comets guard Dawn Staley, on the WNBA's expectations of her team, to the Houston Chronicle:
“But they question whether we have enough to get it done and win the championship. But we'll play the underdog role as far as we can take it.".

Detroit Shock guard Katie Smith, on her game-tying three pointer that forced overtime against the Connecticut Sun:
“Obviously we needed a 3. I had a decent look at first. I got the ball to Cheryl (Ford) and I thought she was going to shoot it, but I got it back and tried to get a little space, and it went through the bucket and that is all she wrote."

Detroit Shock coach Bill Laimbeer, on Saturday's win over the Connecticut Sun:
“It was a game of wills between two fine basketball teams. At times it was pretty, and at times it was ugly, but the bottom line was it was a very competitive game. They are the two-time (defending) champions of the Eastern Conference and they took our spot and they know we want it back."

Alana Beard is averaging 20.3 ppg for the Mystics.
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Washington guard Alana Beard on the Mystics' early season play, to the New York Times:
“If we could put it in a bottle and continue to come out and play the way we have in our home games, it's going to be something special."

NBA Commissioner David Stern, on the most pleasant surprise to him about the WNBA, to the Hartford Courant:
“I think the quality of the play. The utter joy that the players demonstrate in playing and in getting the appreciation of the fans. ."

Lynx forward Kristen Mann on teammate Seimone Augustus, to the Hartford Courant:
“We have all the confidence in her in the world."

Fever forward and Chicago native Tamika Catchings on Indiana's road game against the Chicago Sky, to the Daily Herald:
“It was definitely not the prettiest game, individually or as a team, but for me to be able to come in here, come home and have my family here, people I grew up with, it was pretty cool.”

Chicago Sky coach Dave Cowens on his team's shooting struggles against the Indiana Fever:
"This game looks pretty good when you make shots and looks pretty ugly when you don't."

Connecticut Sun coach Mike Thibault on the play of Erin Phillips, to the Norwich Bulletin:
"Not only her finding it, but her teammates having faith in her, I think it's kind of a two-way street. She has played well to give the veterans faith in her and because they do that, now they'll trust her to make more plays, too..''