Things said and heard around the WNBA this week

WNBA Notes and Quotes: June 11-17

"I didn't really want to be like (Michael) Jordan, I wanted to be like my dad. … We thought he was all-world back then."
• Tamika Catchings on her father Harvey, a former NBA player, to the Associated Press

"I can be a bit of a baby. I looked and said, 'Ouch. I got burned. No wait -- go play.'"
• Silver Star Erin Buescher, who had 16 points and seven rebounds in Saturday's win over the Liberty after accidentally running into a hydrocollator -- an upright water heater -- on the New York bench, to the San Antonio Express-News

"That is this team. We never know where the sparks are going to come from. We play a lot of people and we trust all of them. We know and we have confidence that somebody is going to step up at some time and spark us and energize us whether it be defensively or offensively. This is a true team in the whole sense of the word. We are not dependent on one or two players and as they go we go, they all know that we need them."
• Monarchs coach Jenny Boucek after defensive specialist Chelsea Newton spurred her team's come-from-behind victory over the Comets on Saturday

"We play in the first three quarters and then somehow it slips away from us. How exactly, I don't know. It just happens. I'm not going to stop playing and I'm not going to stop fighting. This is what I'm here for. It's what competition is all about. Eventually we're going to do what it takes to fix it or else we're going to go through this for 34 games."
• Comets forward Tina Thompson after her team lost a second-half lead and went on to lose their 10th game to start the season

"[Indiana] made plays, they made plays down the stretch, we did not make the plays that we needed to make, we didn't match their intensity level either. It's disappointing but it's a learning experience. It's something that you can definitely grow from. We have to give them credit."
• Detroit Shock forward Swin Cash after her team's first loss of the season Saturday to the Fever

''I don't necessarily pay attention to comparing seasons. What's important is that we're looking to win a whole lot more than five games this year.''
• Chicago forward Candice Dupree after her Sky equaled last season's win total of five with Friday's victory over New York, to the Chicago Sun-Times

"It could have been easy -- if we played better. Hopefully that was as dumb as we're going to play all year long."
• Shock coach Bill Laimbeer on Friday's tough win against Connecticut, to the Hartford Courant

"We have a young coach who is on her way to becoming one of the greatest in the league. She knows the game really well. Because of the tradition, she has [been criticized]. People need to understand this is not the same team that stepped out on the floor for them years ago. She's building something."
• Houston guard Barbara Turner on winless Comets coach Karleen Thompson, to the Seattle Times

"Those of us in Beech Grove who watched Katie grow up and observe her leadership on the basketball court, we wanted to take this opportunity to recognize her achievements and to express our community pride."
• Beech Grove (Indiana) Mayor Joe Wright after naming a street after Beech Grove native and Seattle Storm rookie Katie Gearlds, to the Indianapolis Star

"I actually heard the birds chirping this morning as opposed to the foghorn. There are definitely more smiling faces in the locker room."
• Mystics forward DeLisha Milton-Jones the day after the Mystics earned their first win of the season, to the Washington Post

"The weight is off, and now it's going to be even tougher now. All in all it's a great win and a great game plan. The players went out on the court and executed the game plan 100 percent."
• Mystics interim coach Tree Rollins after Washington earned its first win of the season Wednesday against the Mercury, to the Washington Times

"Good shots didn't go in. We just were flat as flat could be. You lose games like that."
• Phoenix star Diana Taurasi after scoring 28 points and being the only Mercury player to score in double figures in their loss to the Mystics, to the Arizona Republic

"We knew we had distractions coming in, but that's not something we talk about on the court."
• Sparks guard LaToya Thomas after taking the retired Chamique Holdsclaw's place in the starting lineup and scoring 16 points in Wednesday's win over the Comets, to the Los Angeles Times

"We are just going to continue to make necessary changes to this team, to the roster, until we feel like we have the right mix."
• Comets first-year coach Karleen Thompson after her team fell to 0-8 with the loss to the Sparks, to the Houston Chronicle

"This was not an easy decision. I put a lot of thought into it."
• Former Spark Chamique Holdsclaw after announcing her retirement from the WNBA

"It's still early in the season, and one player doesn't win championships."
• Sparks forward Murriel Page on snatching a title without Chamique Holdsclaw, to the Long Beach Press-Telegram

"Our goal for every game is to finish. We always start well but we come out flat in the second half. The thing we talk about in the locker room is finish and we just weren't able to do that tonight. We have to want it more."
• Chicago rookie Armintie Price on where her team went wrong in Tuesday's loss to the Seattle Storm

"Houston is a very good team and they've been in every game that they played and they are going to start winning soon. We didn't want it to, of course, be against us."
• Sacramento forward Nicole Powell on the Houston Comets after her Monarchs squad beat them 82-67 last Monday