Things said and heard around the WNBA this weekend.

WNBA Notes and Quotes
May 22-26, 2007

"I still have a lot of great memories. It will never be in the past with me. … I take every team I play for and bring it into the player that I am now. Connecticut is part of Taj McWilliams-Franklin."
• Taj McWilliams-Franklin after returning to Connecticut and helping lead her new team, the Los Angeles Sparks, to an 88-68 victory over the Sun

"We changed no defensive strategy at halftime except to keep the ball out of the lane and to give up no second shots. We are either really stubborn or brain dead about some things. It is a disgrace that we gave up 52 points in the first half."
• Connecticut Sun coach Mike Thibault after his team's loss at home to L.A.

"I think it's pretty simple. A lack of intensity, and a lack of focus. The starting five should be able to be in a better rhythm and have more crispness."
• Sun All-Star Katie Douglas after her team's poor starts in each of the last two games

"We knew coming in that when you have five rookies, there are going to be ups and there are going to be downs. At the same time, we're competitive by nature. We want to win all 34 games. Realistically, we know that isn't going to happen."
• Minnesota first-year coach Don Zierden after the Lynx's 74-64 loss to Sacramento, dropping the team to 0-4 for the first time in franchise history, to the Associated Press

"It's nice whenever you hit a milestone and people recognize it."
• Diana Taurasi after hitting the 2,000 career point barrier with a 37-point game in a 111-85 win over Houston

"Diana is hard to stop, but I think together our team defense as a whole was not there. … Kelly Miller, to me is the MVP. Diana, she's going to get hers, but Kelly is like the Energizer Bunny running around out there."
• Houston Comets coach Karleen Thompson on Phoenix's Diana Taurasi and Kelly Miller after the loss to the Mercury

"They are really turning some heads right now."
• Seattle Storm coach Anne Donovan about the new-look Silver Stars after dropping her first game of the season 82-71 on Friday, to the San Antonio News-Express

"That's what I've been waiting for; that's what they told me she could do."
• First-year Sky coach Bo Overton, referring to the All-Star forward Candice Dupree after her 25 point performance in Overton's first head coaching win, an 82-77 triumph over the winless Lynx, to the Star Tribune

"My goal is to keep the team here. To do that, it looks like we're going to have to get adversarial with (Sonics and Storm owner) Clay (Bennett). I've been one of his biggest supporters, but the grace period is over."
• Brian Robinson, who runs a fan Web site ( and started a group called Save Our Sonics and Storm to push for keeping both teams in town, to the Seattle Times

"We couldn't ask for a better start. We can grow as a team and build on these two wins that we have. We are all so excited about this season and I think it's shown in our game and we just want to progress and keep moving up."
• Liberty forward Shameka Christon on going 2-0 to start the season

"Losing doesn't help your confidence at all. We have to move on. We have a lot of practices ahead of us."
• Washington Mystics coach Richie Adubato on the confidence of his team after a third straight loss to start the season

"Starting is not a big deal at all. When I get in there, I do my job."
• Monarchs backup point guard Kristin Haynie on her role with the team, to the Sacramento Bee

"I'm a defensive player and I just wanted to come out and bring energy to get some stops that would lead to fastbreak points. I'm definitely confident right now, and my teammates are getting me the ball in the right spots."
• Plenette Pierson after scoring 12 points in an 85-75 win over Minnesota, to the Detroit News