Notes and Quotes, August 14, 2006

Houston Comets forward Tina Thompson, on the Comets clinching a playoff berth, to the Houston Chronicle:
"We played 34 games, and it's not for nothing. We're playing for something. And the playoffs is that something we're playing for — and eventually a championship."

Detroit Shock guard Deanna Nolan, on the Shock-Fever playoff series, to the Detroit News:
"Both of us are great defensive teams. I expect a game that's going to be a low field-goal percentage for both teams. But I think we can still win one at their place just because in the end we had leads towards the end and we just gave up."

Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings, on learning that only three NBA players and herself have led their teams in five categories in a season, to the Indianapolis Star:
“I guess you really don't sit back and think about it. It's kind of interesting to be in such elite company."

Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi's, on her team's excellent finish to the season, to the Associated Press:
“Look at these last seven games. We could have easily packed it up and said there is no way we're getting to the playoffs. Instead we gave ourselves a chance and we have the same record as four or five teams, as some of the other teams in the playoffs."

Diana Taurasi scored a WNBA-record 47 points on Thursday.
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Connecticut Sun asstant coach Scott Hawk on the what makes his team tough to beat, to
“We have an inside-outside ability on both ends of the floor, if that makes any sense," summed up assistant coach Scott Hawk. "We have some players who are defensively versatile -- people talk a lot about offensive versatility, people that can step out and shoot or post up, but on the other end of the floor, we've got people that can step up and guard people on the floor and guard post-up players."

Connecticut Sun guard Erin Phillips on playing for Australia in the World Championships after the WNBA season, to the Hartford Courant:
“It's going to be a huge challenge mentally because whatever happens here, it's going to be emotional, whether we win a championship or bomb out, whether we're disappointed or showing a ring to everybody ... it's going to be important whenever we finish the season that Laura and I go there and get in the groove as quick as possible."

Houston Comets guard Dawn Staley, on being honored prior to the final regular-season game of her carerr, to the Houston Chronicle:
“It was really a beautiful thing. To see everyone who came out for my last game and to take a minute to reflect on my career ... I was speechless, really."

Houston Comets coach Van Chancellor, on Dawn Staley's impact on women's basketball, to the Houston Chronicle:
“"She has made an impact for high school girls basketball, college girls basketball and the WNBA. Not just the way she plays the game but the way she fires up a team, the way she carries herself. She will be missed by many."

Washington Mystics guard Coco Miller on the Mystics setting a franchise-record for wins in a season, to the Washington Post:
"It means a lot to set the record for most wins in a season," said guard Coco Miller, who finished with six points and four rebounds. But what was more important was how we did it."

Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi, on scoring a WNBA record 47 points, to the Arizona Republic :
“I looked up there and saw I had 47 and thought, 'Man, that was a good night. But it still wasn't satisfying until we really got that 'W."