Things said and heard around the WNBA this week

Notes and Quotes: June 9-15, 2008

"I think we're slowly getting their attention. I think with the new draft and the players this year, they play at a level (where) I think single males that don't want to watch women's basketball will be attracted to that. If you look in the stands, you see a lot more single guys that are enjoying our game now."
- Sparks coach Michael Cooper on the improvement in the level of play in the WNBA

"Right from the first quarter, they out worked us, which gave them the confidence and momentum to take advantage of the situation. We need to find a way to outwork our opponent. Nobody should come out and outwork us on our home court. We need to come in tomorrow, motivated to work out the kinks. We need to get better quick. It's more fun to learn from your wins instead of your losses."
- Fever guard Katie Douglas after Sunday's 70-60 home loss to San Antonio

"It was exciting to come back tonight. My teammates have been very supportive. I had a good feeling. I would have wanted to come back with a W. I was very nervous before the game. All my family is here. I can't believe I'm 28 and it's the first time my grandmother has seen me play.
- Fever forward Tamika Catchings after coming back from injury to play her first WNBA game since last fall

"We have got to move on to the next game. You can't sit and think about too much stuff. You've got to do it and it's about making no excuses. Not pointing fingers at anyone, it's about looking at yourself and figuring out what you can do better."
- Minnesota Lynx rookie guard Candice Wiggins after her team's 77-76 loss to the Liberty on Saturday

"I think that's just how it's going to be for us for the rest of the year. We're an expansion team, and a lot of the other teams just don't have the respect for us. Hard work pays off and being scrappy and diving for loose balls. It's those little things that become big things. Eventually it's going to pay off, and we're going to get the win."
- Atlanta Dream forward Kristen Mann after Friday's home loss to the Indiana Fever, to the Atlanta Journal Constitution

"Winning … that's all we expected to do, was win."
- Shock head coach Bill Laimbeer when asked about his expectations heading into Wednesday's game against the Sparks in L.A.

"She's going to be fine. There are no alarms right now. Obviously we're better if she shoots the ball well. But she's not trying to miss."
- Seattle Storm coach Brian Agler after starting point guard Bird went 1-for-12 on Wednesday in an 83-77 home win over Phoenix, to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"It really means nothing. It really doesn't. When you don't win a game you think you should win or are close to winning, it really doesn't matter what you do."
- Mercury forward Diana Taurasi after scoring 37 points on her birthday in a Wednesday loss to Seattle, to the Arizona Republic

"We didn't close it out. All that goes back to a confidence level that we don't have right now. I think once we win a game or two, things are going to change for this team."
- Dream coach Marynell Meadors after Wednesday's narrow loss to New York despite being up 12 in the fourth quarter, to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Nicole got in a groove. She's such a hard matchup because she shoots it so well from deep, but she's so big. … We just kept calling her number until they stopped it. She did a great job of making shots."
- Kara Lawson on teammate Nicole Powell after she scored 28 points in Wednesday's win over the Mystics, to the Sacramento Bee

"We have really good chemistry right now. So it's going to be very important that Lindsey's going to fit into what we do and she accepts her role."
- Minnesota Lynx coach Don Zierden on the impending return of point guard Lindsey Harding, to the Star Tribune

"They were making it pretty tough out there. So we have to do a better job, as that second quarter was the ugliest basketball that I've ever seen. We couldn't do anything out there.''
- Indiana guard Katie Douglas, after the Silver Stars' defense held her Fever to eight points in the second quarter of Wednesday's 64-53 loss in San Antonio

"(Minnesota) is really, really good. I am thrilled to get out of here with a win. I think (Minnesota) will be just fine. They will have some rough spots, just because they are inexperienced. They've just gotten so much better in the past year."
- Coach Mike Thibault of the Sun after narrowly escaping Minnesota with a 75-66 win, to the Pioneer Press

"Any win is good, but a road win is as good as it gets for any team."
- Monarchs coach Jenny Boucek after the Monarchs won Sunday in New York, to the Sacramento Bee

"Laimbeer told me before the game, 'You know, your problem is you've got two really old players.' And I just looked at him, and I'm thinking, that's not a problem. To us, that's an asset."
- Storm coach Brian Agler on Shock coach Bill Laimbeer's pregame comments regarding 38-year-old Yolanda Griffith and 37-year-old Sheryl Swoopes, to the News Tribune