Things said and heard around the WNBA this week

WNBA Notes and Quotes: June 18-24

"I'm from the country, and one thing you don't mess with is an injured animal. It's not dead, so it is the most dangerous. I knew as well as the coaching staff that they were going to come out hungry and they had something to prove."
Comets coach Karleen Thompson after losing to the shorthanded Mercury on Sunday. Phoenix played without stars Diana Taurasi and Cappie Pondexter.

"We are playing well and the majority has to do with how these players are playing and how they are playing together."
Silver Stars assistant coach Brian Agler, who has taken over the head coaching duties while Dan Hughes recovers from Achilles' tendon surgery, on San Antonio's success with him in charge.

"Coach took me out and said, 'They are disrespecting you, and I don't like that.' I said, 'I don't either.' "
Monarchs guard Ticha Penicheiro on the Shock's defensive plans against her, to the Sacramento Bee. She went on to score eight points in the final 2:06 to help give the Monarchs an 85-75 win over Detroit.

"The plays we can make are crowd-pleasing. Opposing teams want to root against us. Right now we are the show. We're the ones people want to see play."
Shock coach Bill Laimbeer on his team, to Sacramento Bee.

"It was exciting how the fans gave me an ovation. They give you extra motivation. I feel like they kind of watched me grow up."
Becky Hammon after leading her Silver Stars to a victory in her return trip to New York on Friday, to the New York Post.

"She flops and flops and flops all the time, and they keep giving her the calls. It should be like soccer. They should give her a red card for flopping."
Mercury star Diana Taurasi on Shock forward Plenette Pierson after Taurasi was whistled for an offensive foul with less than five seconds remaining in the game, to the Arizona Republic. Phoenix ended up losing to Detroit 87-84.

"It felt like the Connecticut Sun of old. There was a confidence and calm about us. It felt great to kind of have that because we were lacking that the last five games."
Connecticut's Katie Douglas after scoring 30 points as the Sun beat the Fever Saturday to end a five-game losing streak, to the Hartford Courant.

"We need a little bit more of positive reinforcement instead of just getting criticized a lot. Show each and every last one of us that you believe in us. I don't think we see that as a whole at times."
Storm guard Betty Lennox on the coaching style of Anne Donovan, to the Seattle Times.

"The only thing that I wanted to do, that I didn't do, was win a title. I won at every other level, but I'm not going to chase it anymore. If anything about the decision bothered me, it was probably that, and the fact that I didn't say goodbye to the fans. Now, it's about moving forward. It's just about being free to try something new. I think I could probably have still played, but I feel good. From day one, I wasn't all about just basketball, basketball, basketball. I made my decision because I just didn't feel it anymore. It was like, 'This is it.' "
Chamique Holdsclaw on her sudden retirement last week, to the Los Angeles Times.

"That monkey was heavy."
Comets coach Karleen Thompson after the Comets topped the Sparks for their first win of the season and the first of Thompson's head coaching career.

"They're a great organization. They put up four championships. They are the building blocks of what this league is about. They come out with pride and heart every game. It doesn't matter if they are 0-10 or 10-0, you expect them to come out and fight every night. Whether it's their first win or not, you hate to be the first, but they are a good team so you have to come out here and fight every night."
Sparks center Christi Thomas after a loss to the previously winless Comets.

"I'm glad we're not going to see them again. Sometimes there's a certain team that just feels comfortable playing you. Apparently whatever we did in Washington brought out a good feeling for them."
Mercury coach Paul Westhead after losing for the second time to the Mystics on Wednesday. Washington's two wins have both come against Phoenix.

"It's a broken record. It's the same two things I've said the last three games -- turnovers and free throws. A big lead is like fool's gold, because it's too long a game to think that it is going to stay that way. It's just giving gifts. It doesn't matter if it's in the zone or in the press or just inept play, we gave the ball away."
Sun coach Mike Thibault after his team saw a 17-0 lead evaporate as they eventually lost to the Liberty 76-73 on Wednesday.

"To me, it's nauseating. How can we be up 17-0, give a team hope and not be able to finish the deal?"
Sun forward/guard Katie Douglas, to the Norwich Bulletin.

"We wanted to make them work on defense and hopefully something would be open. If someone helped on me, I was going to dish it off."
Monarchs forward Nicole Powell after hitting a runner in the final seconds to beat the Sky on Tuesday, to the Sacramento Bee.

"It was just one centimeter out of Candice's long arms."
Chicago coach Bo Overton on Powell's shot, which was nearly blocked by Sky forward Candice Dupree, to the Chicago Sun-Times.

"I'm not supposed to get a letter. I'm a professional."
Storm All-Star Sue Bird after shutting out Seattle Post-Intelligencer columnist Jim Moore in a game of H-O-R-S-E.