Notes and Quotes, June 5, 2006

Houston Comets coach Van Chancellor on his team's performance on Sunday, to the Houston Chronicle:
“That was one of the best games I've ever seen the Comets play. Five players in double figures, five starters. (But) the player that I thought was truly, truly outstanding for us tonight, gritty, hard-nosed, was Sheryl Swoopes..”

Sacramento Monarchs coach John Whisenant, on coaching the Monarchs, to the Sacramento Bee:
"I don't want to talk about the Kings. I want to focus on my team, the Monarchs."

Connecticut Sun forward Nykesha Sales, on the Sun's transition game, to the Norwich Bulletin:
“That helps a whole lot, it makes the game that much easier. But that's just the type of game that we had. A lot opened up. When you play against a team that doesn't usually run, eventually they get tired and that opens up a lot for everybody."

Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird, on the Storm's loss to the San Antonio Silver Stars, to the Seattle Times:
“One category sticks out, and that's offensive rebounds. If we won, people wouldn't be as pissed off, we'd be all right, because I do think there is something to be said for a team who can win even when things aren't going their way, even when they get outplayed in certain ways. In that regard, that's just us not making the plays that we need to down the stretch. But [Tuesday] in practice, offensive rebounds is definitely going to be talked about."

Becky Hammon scored 24 points in the Liberty's overtime defeat of the Los Angeles Sparks on Saturday.
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New York Liberty guard Becky Hammon on the Liberty's first win of the season, to the New York Post:
“The ball finally bounced our way a little bit, we stepped up. It felt good to be back at the Garden; we had enough of the road."

New York Liberty forward Catherine Kraayeveld on her game-tying three pointer with 4.6 second left against the Sparks, to New York Newsday:
“I wasn't shooting that great tonight, so it felt good to hit that one when it counted. The coaches kept telling me to shoot."

WNBA President Donna Orender, on her visit to Saturday's Connecticut Sun game, to the Norwich Bulletin:
“It's great to be in Connecticut. It's definitely one of our leading franchises, not only on the court, but off the court. I think that the kind of electricity you have in this arena is exceptional..."

Comets guard Dawn Staley on her former college player, Candice Dupree of the Chicago Sky, to the Hartford Courant:
“She has to get more touches. That's just speaking from a biased standpoint. She's gifted offensively. She belongs at this level. She's got more to give than what she's doing. Right now, she's just going with the flow. She should treat it like her senior year in college."

Connecticut Sun center Margo Dydek on her double-double on Thursday against Charlotte:
“It’s how I play, in Europe post players sometimes shoot the jumper or go down inside. But for me, I am just tall and not that strong so I have to adjust and not hide underneath the basket for five seconds. I know I played well, but I am just continuing to find my place [on the team], and use it the best I can.”

Detroit Shock coach Bill Laimbeer, on Detroit's narrow victory over the New York Liberty on Thursday:
'It would've been a real bad loss. But we saw it in our shootaround today. I warned the players that I didn't like what I saw in their lackadaisical attitude. And we got that again tonight.''

Houston Comets guard Dawn Staley, on her matchup with her former college player Candice Dupree of the Chicago Sky, to the Philadelphia Inquirer:
“Oh, I'll be coaching her. I'll be coaching her, even here," Staley said, "just because I think these are good lessons. We won't get a whole lot of opportunity to be on the floor against one another. So, I'll be coaching her."