Notes And Quotes, July 17, 2006

Connecticut Sun guard Katie Douglas, on her MVP performance in the All-Star Game, to the New York Daily News:
"It feels pretty good, just to be named. I was honored to be here. I was happy to be a reserve and you are never happy when you get a starting position by injury, but I was glad to start and happy to be able to help the East to a win."

Houston Comets guard Dawn Staley on the WNBA's young talent, to the Boston Globe:
"The WNBA is in great hands with the talent that's coming into this league, [not] just this year, but also looking into the near future. They need to take it to the next level."

Minnesota Lynx guard Seimone Augustus, on playing in the All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden, to the St. Paul Pioneer Press:
“Any time you get a chance to play in the mecca of basketball, you have to be ready to showcase everything that you are about."

Detroit Shock guard Katie Smith, on honored as a member of the WNBA All-Decade Team, to the Seattle Times:
“The more you get to the twilight of your career you start to think, 'Man, not that many people have done exactly what you've done.' To be respected by your peers and the coaches, it means a lot because you do it for yourself because you love the game, but also you want the respect from everyone. I feel like I have that."

WNBA President Donna Orender announces Katie Douglas as the 2006 WNBA All-Star Game MVP.
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Houston Comets guard Sheryl Swoopes on Madeleine Albright's speech at the "Celebrating Inspiration" Luncheon, to
“I think we all got a little more than we expected. And that was a good thing. After everything that she talked about, how can you not be motivated and inspired? Not just the players, but all the women and the men who were in here today. It was very moving, very touching. This was the first time we've had anything like this with the All-Star Game and I really enjoyed it."

WNBA President Donna Orender, on Van Chancellor being honored as WNBA Coach of the Decade, to
“Four championships, three coach of the year awards, a dynasty and four players on the All-Decade team in 10 seasons at the helm of the Comets. Van has made an undeniable mark on women's basketball and on the WNBA. His legacy is assured as winner and champion with more chapters still to write."

Phoenix Mercury coach Paul Westhead, on his team's outlook heading into the second half of the season, to the Arizona Republic:
“Right now, I think we are a good basketball team. We need a 5 or 10 percent improvement. We're a notch away."

Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie, on Dawn Staley, to the Philly News:
“It's been since 1989 until now, that's how long I've played with Dawn. We started together when we were kids in the national program. The things that come to my mind when I think of Dawn are love, loyalty and heart. That completely defines the person she is."

Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird, on teammate Lauren Jackson's limited practice and playing time, to the Tacoma News-Tribune:
"It’s gotten easier as time has gone on. But it’s still hard – it’s a tough situation.”

Connecticut Sun coach Mike Thibault, on the play of Katie Douglas, to
“This is what we've had all season in Connecticut. She's been consistent all year. She's already a very good defensive player, but now she's getting it done on both ends of the floor. She's often our best perimeter player, and you saw both ends of her game (in the All-Star game)."