Notes and Quotes:
June 19, 2006

Minnesota Lynx rookie Seimone Augustus, on covering Cappie Pondexter, to the St. Paul Pioneer Press:
"Once coach said the (defensive) matchups, I was more than happy for the challenge. She is a tough player. I had to come in mentally focused. I didn't feel like I had to prove something. Nobody wants to be outplayed by anybody. I didn't feel like I had to come in and play my 'A' game. To me, it is more impressive that the team wins.''

Phoenix Mercury guard Cappie Pondexter, on her matchup with Seimone Augustus, to the St. Paul Pioneer Press:
"I relish any challenge. I enjoy the game, we're just trying to get a win... . It is good to see her. I am glad she is doing well, but my focus is (on the team).''

Sacramento Monarchs coach John Whisenant, on the Monarchs play in their loss to the Sparks on Sunday, to the Los Angeles Times:
“Right now we're not the same team that won the championship. But that doesn't mean we can't get there."

WNBA President Donna Orender, on the WNBA's quality of play this season, to the Sacramento Bee:
“This is fun and exciting basketball. The young stars are distinguishing themselves as well as the veterans."

Sheryl Swoopes scored her 4,000th career point in the Comets' 72-58 victory over the New York Liberty on Friday.
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Chicago Sky guard Chelsea Newton, on her return from a knee injury, to the Chicago Sun-Times:
“Just to suit up after missing seven games is unbelievable. I feel great except for having to wear an ACL brace. The first time I put it on, it was like I had another leg. But I'm used to it. As far as defense, I think it is all heart, effort and conditioning.''

L.A. Sparks coach Joe Bryant on the play of Lisa Leslie, to the Los Angeles Times:
“Lisa's been playing like this all year. She came into training camp and set the bar higher for everyone. And usually when coaches have players who set that bar higher, a lot of times you have to ask the person who set that bar higher to come down. But everyone here has to reach Lisa's level of play."

Houston Comets guard Sheryl Swoopes, on scoring her 4,000th career point in Friday's win over the New York Liberty, to the Houston Chronicle:
“Wow, I didn't know that. Obviously any time you achieve something like that, it's definitely special."

Detroit Shock coach Bill Laimbeer, on the play of Cheryl Ford, to the Detroit Free Press:
“That's our strength, no question about it, our size. Cheryl is a monster on the boards this year. She's a phenomenal basketball player. We knew we had to hammer the glass. Our shooting is still not where we need it to be, but as long as we go get the offensive rebounds, we'll be fine."

Houston Comets forward Tina Thompson on being named to the WNBA All-Decade Team, to the Houston Chronicle:
“I think it's great to be honored in that way. I guess it shows that people recognize the work that I've put in and the efforts that I've given. I think that's definitely something that I could be proud of later on, but right now I'm kind of living in the moment and doing the best we can this season."

Sacramento Monarchs forward Nicole Powell, on teammate Yolanda Griffith being named to the WNBA All-Decade Team, to the Sacramento Bee:
"She's been doing this a long time. She's a great leader for us. She's competed at the highest level, won, and brought that experience down to us."

Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings, on being named to the WNBA All-Decade Team, to the Indianapolis Star:
“I think it's even more important to recognize some of the players even before the WNBA -- people like Cheryl Miller, (Nancy) Lieberman, Ann Meyers. They are the ones who really helped get the ball rolling."