Notes and Quotes, July 10, 2006

Phoenix Mercury guard Cappie Pondexter, on returning to the New York area where she played in college, to
"This is something I've wanted to do all my life and I'm trying to seize the moment. I haven't been on the East Coast since I got drafted. I'm excited to see my old coaches and teammates and friends."

Seattle Storm forward Lauren Jackson, on her conditioning with a lack of practice time, to the Seattle Times:
“It's hard to get my breath, especially games like this where we haven't played for seven days. For the first five minutes, I'll be catching my wind. I can tell you I've done all the circuits in the world, I've done all the swimming in the world, I've done all the biking in the world."

San Antonio Silver Stars forward Sophia Young, on being named to the Western Conference All-Star team as a rookie, to the San Antonio News-Express:
"I feel blessed. It feels kind of surreal. I knew I just wanted to come here and help my team by playing good basketball."

Minnesota Lynx rookie Seimone Augustus, on being named to the Western Conference All-Star team:
"It is truly an honor to be named to the all-star team, especially as a rookie. I'm excited to go to New York and represent my family, the Minnesota Lynx franchise and all Minnesota Lynx fans."

Charlotte Sting coach Muggsy Bogues, on the Sting's performance so far this season, to the Norwich Bulletin:
"Definitely not where I thought we might be. I don't want to say it's been tougher, I think it's just that we haven't been playing consistent basketball throughout the game for 40 minutes."

Connecticut Sun center Taj McWilliams-Franklin, on the absence of Nykesha Sales from the lineup, to the Hartford Courant:
“It was just weird not having her."

Connecticut Sun forward Nykesha Sales, on herself, and teamates Lindsay Whalen and Margo Dydek being named All-Star starters, to the New York Times:
“It's good to see that we have the opportunity to be acknowledged for it. Lindsay last year deserved to be on the team and this year she has the opportunity to play. I'm sure all of us will represent well."

Houston Comets coach Van Chancellor, on the loss of Tina Thompson to injury, to the Houston Chronicle:
“She'll be out a month to six weeks. We've lost our leading scorer, and we have to accept those losses and find a way to get the job done."

Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie, on having the court at Staples Center named after her, to the L.A. Daily News:
“It's awesome. Just having the court named after me is big-time. I feel honored to be a part of this community and I feel good about being a role model to kids. To me, that's what that's about."

Connecticut Sun guard Lindsay Whalen, on three Sun players including herself being named All-Star starters, to the Associated Press:
“When you've been in the finals the last two years and you get off to another good start, good things happen to you."

Indiana Fever forward Tamika CatchingsVickie Johnson, on receiving the most All-Star votes of any player in the WNBA, to USA Today:
“I'm excited and honored. Being the leading vote-getter says a lot of fans respect your game and want to see you do well."

Houston Comets guard Dawn Staley, on being named a Western Conference All-Star starter, to USA Today:
“Of course this is a surprise, when you got all these guards over here (in the West). I really can't explain how it happened, but certainly the fans have appreciated my contributions and made this somewhat of a going-out party. But I'm appreciative, and I'll play my heart out for them."

Indiana Fever guard Anna DeForge, on how the shorter WNBA shot clock affects play, to the Indianapolis Star:
"It changes your offense. You can't run a lot of plays that would grind out the clock. You need a lot more quick hitters; you need a lot of players who can play one-on-one."

Seattle Storm coach Anne Donovan, on Storm players Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird being named All-Star starters, to the Tacoma News Tribune:
“To have two of the starting five, given the strength of the Western Conference, really speaks to how well these two have been playing.”