Things said and heard around the WNBA this week

Notes and Quotes: July 14-20, 2008

"It was a great start but I think that we were going to have it anyway after the embarrassing loss the other night. It's the same coaching staff… she's just in an elevated position. Same place, same people, we just came out this time like we had nothing to lose. Basically for us we can only go up from here. I think people view the coaching change as the reason we won, but I think as professionals and as players we were going to play hard anyway. Personally I was, because I was embarrassed for myself and for the fans."
- Mystics veteran Taj McWilliams-Franklin on the team's start under new coach Jessie Kenlaw after Sunday's 32-point win over the Storm

"I thought it was a great game. Great game for the fans. Unfortunately the better team lost tonight."
- Los Angeles center Lisa Leslie after her team fell in overtime to Houston on Saturday night

"It meant a lot. I am extremely fortunate to be on this franchise, to be a part of this history. I think the other teams who were not a part of this definitely missed something great. Unfortunately, only two teams could play and I am fortunate to be on one of the teams that got to play in it. I think 10 years down the road, even more so, you will look back on this game and say that was really something special to be a part of."
- Fever guard Katie Douglas on being a part of history in Saturday's victory over the Liberty in the Outdoor Classic at Arthur Ashe Stadium

"We started thinking about the atmosphere. We had so much other stuff, rather than focusing on ourselves. You can sit here and say it's just like home, but it's not."
- Liberty forward Shameka Christon, after scoring just nine points as the Liberty fell to Indiana on Saturday, to the New York Times

"Brooke (Smith) and (Allie Quigley) made me look like an idiot, since I haven't played them all year. Brooke does it everyday in practice and that's why I probably should give her more time - since she can score. She's probably our best post player with moves - she has a hook, she has a runner and she has an up and under. She can play. And 'Q' does the same thing every day in practice; it's just hard when you have Diana (Taurasi), Cappie (Pondexter) and (Kelly Mazzante) in front of you."
- Mercury coach Corey Gaines on his bench's performance in Saturday's win over Atlanta

"I though Seimone was wonderful. I really didn't think I would ever see her play better than she did against L.A. earlier and at other points in this season, but she did. All in all I though it was a great team effort. Defensively, offensively, execution-wise… just an all-around great team effort."
- Lynx assistant coach Julie Plank on star forward Seimone Augustus after her team's upset win Saturday night over the league-leading Silver Stars

"We've been in an evaluative mode for a while because we haven't played up to what our expectations were at the beginning of the season, but particularly the final straw was the last two games. The way we lost them and the way we didn't compete last night was very much a part of the decision."
- Mystics general manager Linda Hargrove on the team's coaching change, to the Washington Times

"I wasn't here tonight. We had a very challenging day but we didn't compete tonight at all. We have to go on the practice court and I have to see if I can get my team back competing. We just did not compete tonight. Obviously, I don't know the reason why we didn't compete but we didn't compete and that is it in a nutshell."
- Mystics coach Tree Rollins after Friday's 99-62 home loss to the Shock. He was relieved of his coaching duties the next day

"It takes a lot of people to win a ball game. No one played very well, but we all played well enough to grab a win and that's what matters at the end of the day."
- Phoenix forward Diana Taurasi on her team's balance in the Mercury's win over the Sparks

"It was just a situation where I had nice open looks at the basket. As a team, we did a nice job of executing and my teammates did a good job of finding the open player and the open player ended up being me a majority of the time. I'd shoot and I guess the basketball gods were with me tonight because they went in."
- DeLisha Milton-Jones of the Sparks after scoring a career-high 39 points in the loss to Phoenix

"It's another first for this organization, and it's a first for professional basketball. We like being the standard-bearer, and we're not afraid to take risks. We'd like to think that many other outdoor games will come after this, and we're proud this team can be a trailblazer."
- New York Liberty president and general manager Carol Blazejowski on the Liberty Outdoor Classic, to USA TODAY

"We love the kids! We knew that would be to our advantage. They are extremely loud and when they are told which color jersey to cheer for they cheer. Even if we foul they cheer. My players couldn't hear me talking out there. That is what we love and that is home-court advantage."
- Comets coach Karleen Thompson on the children in attendance on Kids Day in Houston after her team topped the Lynx on Thursday

"Being 0-17 is nothing to be happy about, but the thing I like most is that we persevered through it. Nobody even expected us to win one game and now we got three."
- Dream guard Betty Lennox after beating Indiana for the team's third win of the season, to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"It was bad loss, a real bad loss. Atlanta might be the last team in the league standings but they aren't a bad team."
- Fever forward Ebony Hoffman after losing to the last-place Dream on Wednesday

"My team showed up in the second half. Unfortunately one half of a basketball game against the league leading Eastern Conference team is not going to be good enough to win."
- Sky coach Steven Key after his team lost a heartbreaking three-point decision to the Shock

"That is the best team in the WNBA right now."
- Mercury coach Corey Gaines after losing to the Silver Stars on Tuesday,
to the Arizona Republic

"Most of sports… what did Yogi Berra say? 'Ninety percent of this game is half-mental.' The psychological part of any sport is as big an obstacle as the physical part. Like when hitters get into slumps at the plate. Quarterbacks that develop a blind spot. Whatever it is, we have that a little bit right now."
- Connecticut Sun coach Mike Thibault on his team's recent struggles, to The Day

"We definitely are the underdogs in terms of preparation. What we have going is tremendously talented athletes who are very hungry."
- United States women's Olympic team coach Anne Donovan said on her team's lack of training time together prior to heading over to Beijing, to the Associated Press