Things Said and Heard Around the WNBA This Past Week

Notes and Quotes: July 2-8

"The opportunity just came and I wanted to be ready for it. But it doesn't matter to me, coming off the bench or starting, as long as the team wins and I'm contributing. I definitely think it's an advantage to have my size on the perimeter. I can go inside or outside and get shots for myself or help other people get them."
∙ Los Angeles' Sidney Spencer on starting for the Sparks, to ESPN.

"One thing basketball teaches you is how to deal with adversity. It's always tough when you're taken away from the game for a while, something you love to do. But I've tried to be there for my teammates and support them as much as possible. We've had to deal with a lot of adjustments with our entire team."
∙ L.A.'s Temeka Johnson on her offseason arthroscopic knee surgery, to ESPN.

"I like what we've done... Overall, we've played well.''
∙ Fever coach Brian Winters expresses his satisfaction with his team's 57-56 win over the L.A. Sparks on Thursday, to the Indianapolis Star.

"I'm honored to be representing the Western Conference and Sacramento at the All-Star Game... All the credit goes to our team. I am so proud to be a part of the Sacramento Monarchs and I wish they could all be there with us."
∙ Sacramento coach Jenny Boucek on coaching the West at All-Star weekend, to Our Sports Central.

"The East earned its first All-Star win last year and we'll be looking to make it two in a row this year, while putting on a great show. Winning the championship last year was a lot of fun and this is one of the perks that comes along with that."
∙ Detroit's Bill Laimbeer expresses his excitement on coaching the East at All-Star, to Our Sports Central.

"We were at a position now where we had to make a change... Our guard play is something that we're looking at."
∙ Seattle coach Anne Donovan on cutting Tye'sha Fluker, to the Seattle Times.

"You're looking at all pieces. It's not, 'What have you done for me lately.' It's, 'What can you do for me in the future.' Ultimately you're looking to win championships. You're putting together things for today, but you also need to put together things for tomorrow."
∙ Connecticut General Manager Chris Sienko on his plans to make roster changes, to the Norwich Bulletin.

"We are being careful with her injury... But I don't have a good idea on when she will be able to play again."
∙ Houston coach Karleen Thompson on Sheryl Swoopes' injury, to the Houston Chronicle.

"They go out there to physically just wear you down, so we need to go out there and play really well."
∙ Phoenix's Diana Taurasi predicted the Mercury's game against the Shock on Sunday would be difficult (to the Arizona Republic). Her prediction was correct as Phoenix fell to Detroit 111-82.

"It's always a confidence boost when you beat the top teams from the East and West, back to back... We're just trying to get better. We've steadily improved and we're getting used to playing with each other. Things are on the up and we're going to try to continue that.''
∙ New York's Erin Thorn reacts to the Liberty's win Sunday over the Sacramento Monarchs, to the Associated Press.

"In the fourth quarter we couldn't get any buckets, and one possession, I remember, it felt like we were on defense for like five minutes.They kept getting offensive rebounds, and we were not boxing out. And I think that really hurt us."
∙ The Chicago Sky's Candice Dupree explains what went wrong in Saturday's loss to the Mystics, to the Daily Southtown.

"It was a big shock, a big surprise. I'm obviously excited, and I have to thank the fans who voted for me. Especially all the fans in Poland who probably voted for me on the Internet."
∙ Indiana's Anna DeForge reacts to being selected as a starter for the East in the WNBA's All-Star Game, to the Associated Press.

"We were just trying to come out with a lot of energy. We've got to set a tone each and every night. We have to have a definite sense of urgency about what we're doing on every possession and in every game."
∙ The Sun's Katie Douglas on leading Connecticut on Sunday to a 110-89 win over the L.A. Sparks, to the Associated Press.