Things said, seen and heard around the WNBA this past week

Notes and Quotes: July 9-15, 2007

"I'm about to shed tears because I'm a defensive coach. For our defense to be incomplete and incompetent is obviously a reflection on me."
• L.A. Sparks coach Michael Cooper reacts to his team's defense during Tuesday night's 82-47 loss to the Seattle Storm, to All Headline News.

"It was very tough. Again it felt like we had a great chance to win the game and we let it slip. Coming off a loss against New York we had two great days of practice so we felt like we were ready. We made some mistakes that we usually don't make. We turned the ball over in the first half. The second half we could not contain (Lindsay) Whalen . Those are things that are our defense, something that we are very proud of. Today we just weren't there."
• Sacramento's Ticha Penicheiro reflects on Thursday's disappointing 83-78 overtime loss to the Monarchs.

"We just have to keep playing hard and stay focused. We don't want to get too high up but we want to keep that positive energy that we're playing with right now and then I think everything will be okay."
• Lindsey Whalen on Connecticut's three game win streak.

"Janel is more aggressive underneath and has more of an outside game than Davenport (Jessica)."
• Indiana's Tan White on New York Center Janel McCarville after Indiana defeated New York on Thursday 79-63. McCarville had a team high 13 points and 6 rebounds.

"It is extremely upsetting to see my first season in the WNBA end this way… I would definitely like to thank all of the Lynx fans for all of their support. One thing you can count on from me is that I will work as hard as I can to rehab my knee, and I will definitely be back next season better than ever."
• Minnesota rookie Lindsey Harding discusses her season-ending knee injury.

"I don't think in an interview I've ever used the word 'legacy.' It's not something I ever thought about until now because now I'm in my last days. Not because I can't physically play the game, because I can."
• Houston's Tina Thompson reflects on her career, as she is the only 2007 All-Star who played in the 1997 inaugural season, to USA TODAY.

"I want to win a gold medal with the Opals. I'd love to help lead my team with Penny (Taylor) and that's something I'm going to have to consider."
• Seattle's Lauren Jackson discusses possibly missing next season to focus on the Australian National Team to The Herald Sun.

''We desperately need a win, and we need to regroup over [the All-Star] break. We know we're struggling at home, and we're going to have to win or we're going to lose fans. The fans come out to watch us win.''
• Chicago's Jia Perkins expresses concern on the Sky's four game losing streak to the Chicago Sun Times.

"Sports and athletes have the ability to bring people together across the divisions of religion and race and region… Through sports, we are sending messages across the globe of international understanding, cultural tolerance and mutual respect.''
• U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice states the importance of athletics during Friday's speech at the Inspiring Women Luncheon.

"It's a great achievement for me and for the Detroit Shock organization. It's a great feeling. I guess I just had the hot hand today and coach kept giving me the ball,” explains Cheryl Ford.
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"It's a tremendous vote of affirmation and validation of 11 years of hard work of the athletes of the WNBA, the consistent growth of talent that we have and the growth in our fan base."
• WNBA President Donna Orender on the eight year television contract extension with ESPN/ABC.

"We didn't set anything up in Minnesota. You just come out here and freestyle. You already know how to dribble and pass, so you just have fun with it.''
• 2006 Skills Competition champ and 2007 runner-up Seimone Augustus on her tactics for the Skills Competition.

"I came up through everything the city has to offer from a basketball perspective. From the youth programs to the AAU programs. I played in private school here, I played in public school. Everything about basketball in this city, I've been through in some way.''
• Sacramento's Kara Lawson on having her first All-Star appearance in her hometown of Washington, D.C., to Sports Illustrated.

"Honestly, I've done a few of these shooting contests before and I've never wanted it more for the people watching than I did today. Our fans have been so good to me ever since I came here my rookie year and for them to come out and be as supportive as they were, and just when we were warming up they were chanting and it just means a lot to win in front of them."
• Mystic Laurie Koehn discusses her feelings on winning the three-point shootout in front of her team's fans.

"(Winning the MVP) is a great award. It's a great achievement for me and for the Detroit Shock organization. It's a great feeling. I guess I just had the hot hand today and coach kept giving me the ball."
• Detroit's Cheryl Ford reacts to winning the MVP award in the East's 103-99 win over the West in the 2007 All-Star game.

"They hit some threes, got some steals, rebounds. They were hitting down the stretch and put that little pressure on us. We won and that's all that matters. That's what we were aiming for.''
• East starter Tamika Catchings on her team's 103-99 2007 All-Star victory, to Sports Illustrated.