Notes and Quotes, June 12, 2006

Mystics head coach Richie Adubato, on stopping the Connecticut Sun, to the Hartford Courant:
"Katie Douglas does it at both ends, and when she and [Nykesha] Sales are making the threes, they're very difficult to defend."

Minnesota Lynx forward Kristen Mann on her team's ability, to the St. Paul Pioneer-Press:
"I feel like I keep repeating myself over and over again, but we're so versatile. We have that capability to (explode).''

Sacramento Monarchs guard Kara Lawson, on the sideline manner of assistant coach Tom Abatemarco, to the Sacaramento Bee:
“He's much more animated, every possession, he's got something to say. But he gives us motivation, even when it's trash-talking."

Seattle Storm coach Anne Donovan, on Lauren Jackson's importance to the offense, to the Seattle Post Intelligencer:
“We're not going to win too many games with her getting seven shots. Lauren was very focused tonight, really got down low. I'll take that on. We're obviously not calling the right plays. We've got to find a way to get her the ball. It's just got to happen."

Katie Douglas led the Sun with 26 points in an 85-71 win over the Washington Mystics on Sunday.
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Indiana Fever guard Tully Bevilaqua on her popularity with the fans in Indiana, to the Seattle Times:
“They appreciate that hustle and diving on the floor. I don't think they've seen anybody do all that crazy stuff before."

San Antonio guard Shannon Johnson on the Silver Stars' home losing streak, to the San Antonio Express-News:
“Now we're thinking about it too much. We have to get over this hump."

Houston Comets coach Van Chancellor, on Thursday's win over the New York Liberty, to the Houston Chronicle:
“I thought it was a complete, total team effort. I thought everybody played good. It's one of those games that I don't have a gripe about anything.''

Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird on playing in Connecticut, to the Norwich Bulletin:
“A lot of familiar faces, and at the same time I love when people make signs against our team because that means the WNBA's doing pretty well. That they're actually Connecticut Sun fans, not necessarily UConn fans who became Connecticut Sun fans. Although it pains me to see, it's also nice."

Chicago Sky guard Stacey Dales on her return to the WNBA, to the Los Angeles Times:
“I expected a more expeditious return. I had worked really hard in the off-season. And when you understand the game, you think you can play it at that speed again. But you can't. You're just a step, maybe just a fraction of a step, behind."

Phoenix Mercury coach Paul Westhead, on rookie Cappie Pondexter, to the Arizona Republic:
"From my NBA experience, she is one of those players who gets defended, yet still creates her own shot. That's a real sign of a great pro."

Los Angeles Sparks coach Joe Bryant, on the return of Chamique Holdsclaw to the lineup, to the Associated Press:
“'When Chamique's not there, they triple-team Lisa. Now they can only double-team her. 'That means the rest of our players will be able to get the easy, open shots.''