Notes and Quotes, August 7, 2006

Connecticut Sun coach Mike Thibault, on the the fact that the Sun has yet to clinch the Eastern Conference title, to the Hartford Courant:
"That has helped keep our focus during this winning streak. Our players don't relax mentally because of that."

Minnesota Lynx CEO Roger Griffith, on the team's offseason plans, to the St. Paul Pioneer Press:
"Our core group is more than Seimone, and our intention is to keep the core of our team intact. We still believe in the core of this team.''

Former New York Liberty player Teresa Weatherspoon, on being honored by the team at halftime of Saturday's game:
“To think back in the beginning, I was just playing the game for the love of the game and not for someone to honor me. To think that you're honored and appreciated in this way, it brings nothing but joy to me and my family and I couldn't help but to shed tears."

Connecticut Sun forward Nykesha Sales, on her team's success and not having to rush back from injury, to the Norwich Bulletin:
“That allows me to really take the time that I need to get better. You definitely don't want to rush and with us being in such a great position, I don't have to be kind of rushing into getting back to try and make the playoffs or to hold a certain position."

Mike Thibault has led the Connecticut Sun to ten straight wins.
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Connecticut Sun coach Mike Thibault on the leadership of Taj McWilliams-Franklin, to the Hartford Courant:
“The off-the-court stuff had more influence the first couple years when we were struggling and had young players learning the game. Lindsay and Asjha - now they've grown up - and what [Taj] has done is serve as a daily role model of how you're supposed to play the game. She doesn't have to say it as much. They see an old veteran still playing as hard as anybody in the league. That's where you see her leadership."

Seattle Storm coach Anne Donovan on Lauren Jackson's play this season, to the Seattle Post - Intelligencer:
“What you're seeing is one of the best players in the league, in limited minutes, accomplishing the same thing she's always accomplished."

Phoenix Mercury guard Cappie Pondexter, on how she and teammate Diana Taurasi help to carry their team's offense, to the Norwich Bulletin:
“It's like I can run off 10 points and I'll be like, 'All right Dee, it's your turn; I'm a little tired. I get to recuperate and then she'll run off 10, 12 points..''

New York Liberty guard Becky Hammon, on the Liberty's focus in the final week of the season, to the Norwich Bulletin:
“You don't like going out on sour notes because then you have eight months to think about it. So we're going to try and finish out the season as best we can and keep improving and keep getting better."

Sacramento Monarchs coach John Whisenant on setting his team's lineup for every game, to the Sacramento Bee:
"It's like juggling for me to find out during the game. I like it this way, but it's hard for me to know who is having the best night or what the best matchup is. Sometimes I (mess) up."

San Antonio Silver Stars guard Vickie Johnson, on her future goal of coaching a high school boy's basketball team, to the :
“"It's my dream, because it's a challenge. In high school, you make that jump in life and if you're the coach, you get a chance to help them prepare for it." It'll just be something different. Not a lot of women do it so that makes it a challenge." ."