Notes and Quotes: August 6 - 12, 2007

"Every game is physical. Our fans were really into it today. It was charged both ways. With all the emotions involved it adds a bit more to the game. (Sacramento) has a particular style of play that makes it a more physical game. We came in and were ready for it. That's how they play. Everyone knows that's how they play."
• The Sun's Asjha Jones discusses the physical play of Sacramento after a Tuesday night 81-79 defeat to the Monarchs.

"Since I have started playing basketball I have always had the opportunity to represent my country and it is something that I hold in my heart. It is a goal of mine to always be representing my country and to do well for them. I am definitely proud and excited to go home but obviously sad to leave this team."
• The Lynx rookie Kathrin Ress on leaving Minnesota mid-season to play with the Italian National Team

"The main thing tonight was that we got some assists…We had 21 assists and, normally, we average about seven assists. So we shared the ball, which is very key."
• Washington's Coach Tree Rollins on how the Mystics defeated the Los Angeles Sparks Thurday night 80-75 to the Daily Breeze

"I am 32 years old and I have been playing in the WNBA 11 years and I am toward the end of my career. So at this point, I have a two-year old son and I am making decisions that are feasible for my future. And that is physically, emotionally and economically. It has a lot of factors."
• Houston's Tina Thompson on considering to end her WNBA career to the Houston Chronicle

"We never really just whip people, we just beat them kindly. But I will say, (since the All-Star break) whenever we've had a tight encounter late we have different players making plays."
• Phoenix's coach Paul Westhead on the Mercury's many weapons after defeating New York 97-86 to The East Valley Tribune

"Being named the league's Community Assist Award winner is a great honor especially when you consider all the great players in the WNBA and all the work that they do to better their communities throughout the year,"
• Deanna Nolan on receiving the Community Assist Award for her foundation, The Nolan Foundation which establishes programs that promote healthy living to Our Sports Central

"I think we stayed aggressive the whole game and we executed very well. We also took away their strength which was crashing the offensive rebounds. We pounded them on the boards and I think that was a big advantage for us tonight."
• The Comets' Tamecka Dixon discusses defeating the Sacramento Monarchs 83-75 Saturday night.

"We have played a lot of close games and unfortunately we have come up short in a lot of them. Today, everybody believed and Erin [Thorn] hit an amazing shot."
• The New York Liberty's Janel McCarville on teammate Erin Thorn's buzzer beating shot that gave New York an 85-84 victory over Detroit

"My Dad was worried about how I would be taking it. I've been through it before and it's no easier. I've been really fortunate that I've got some really good friends here."
• The Storm's Lauren Jackson on her teammates helping her to cope with the recent death of her paternal grandmother to The Seattle Times

"We knew this was a big game...The whole [playoffs] seeding thing is going to come down to the wire. It's going to be tit for tat."
• San Antonio's Becky Hammon on the Silver Stars Thursday night 72-61 victory over the Sacramento Monarchs to the Associated Press

"It's a matter of patience. You have to stay patient and believe in yourself. I'm doing both of those. I know that when I get my chance, I'm going to be ready."
• New York rookie Shay Doron discusses waiting and working to get her time on the court to the Baltimore Sun.

"We gave them too big a lead and even though we had a fast and furious last five minutes and had a chance, sometimes the margin is too big to overcome. Against a good team like that, you can't let that happen."
• Indiana Coach Brian Winters on Saturday night's loss to Detroit 72-69 to the Associated Press

"We're not going to play our starters nearly as many minutes as normal. We're going to get some other people some time. They've worked hard all year long and let's give them some love and an opportunity to play. We're still going to compete hard and try and win every basketball game we play. It's just that we're going to have a different lineup."
• Bill Laimbeer on resting starters after clinching the home court advantage in Saturday's game against Indiana to the Daily Tribune