Things said and heard around the WNBA this week

Notes and Quotes: September 22-28, 2008

"These girls are playing some basketball! This is the realized future of the WNBA!"
- ESPN2 commentator Doris Burke on the back-and-forth game Sunday between the Sparks and Silver Stars

"Becky Hammon, them getting to the free throw line, we just simply lost it there."
- Sparks veteran Lisa Leslie on the factors that led to the Silver Stars' comeback to win Sunday's Game 3

"Plenette (Pierson) brings energy and that is what you saw out there today. … Plenette brings that extra intangible off the bench, someone that drives the ball and can stop someone on defense. I give all the heart and credit to Plenette Pierson for how hard she played today."
- Shock coach Bill Laimbeer on the influence of forward Plenette Pierson in Sunday's Game 2 win over the Liberty

"I was like, 'God, please let me hit this shot.' Coach (Dan Hughes) said to just turn around and just shoot it, and that's what I did. I was on the floor, and I saw it go in and I did a back flip. I didn't know I could do a back flip. I was just shaking. I can't believe we won."
- Silver Stars forward Sophia Young on her game-winning Game 2 buzzer-beater, to the San Antonio Express-News

"L.A. did a good job of closing down angles and (Sophia was) just trying to break free and get open at that point. When you figure out that the play isn't going to work, you shake free and get the best look. Sophia got the defender on her back and got an answered prayer. When Sophia's shot was rolling around in the basket, those moments are slow motion in time and they just stand still… You are just praying that it goes in. That one went in and gave us life for another day."
- San Antonio guard Becky Hammon on her teammate's buzzer-beating prayer in Game 2

"We may be young, but we've been through a lot. We have played a lot of games, we've played at a high level and we are wise beyond our years."
- Liberty center Janel McCarville on her young team's sagacity after beating the Shock in Game 1, to the New York Daily News

"No offense to the caring progressives at ESPN, but the network didn't commit to pay millions for the right to exclusively televise WNBA games because it wants to, as Ms. Rohlin said, 'support the cause.' The WNBA, in its 12th year, is the longest-running, most-successful professional women's league in America because it IS entertaining."
- Phoenix Mercury superstar Diana Taurasi in response to an author's opinion piece suggesting that the WNBA is not entertaining basketball, to the Los Angeles Times

"Our game continues to grow. The athleticism, the teamwork are truly touching more and more people in every aspect of the fan base - not just women, but men, young families. We're touching every demographic and that's great."
- WNBA President Donna Orender on the league's continued successes, to the Sacramento Bee

"Watching was really frustrating. It was agonizing, but I got a lot of pleasure out of watching the girls play so hard. Injuries aside, this team played amazing. Sue was an MVP and I think there was a feeling that if we had stayed healthy we could have taken it all the way this year. But that's sport. That's just the way it is."
- 2007 WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson on the difficulties of not being able to suit up for the Storm in the postseason, to the Seattle Times

"I have to give the Detroit Shock credit on how they started the game off. After a tough loss, they came back with enormous amount of effort and intensity. They absolutely rammed the ball down our throats in the first quarter and I don't think we responded well."
- Indiana Fever head coach Lin Dunn on her team's disappointing Game 3 loss to the Shock

"I had a great time. I've never had such a relationship with each and every player on my team since I've been in this league … and the organization was class A. They were very, very professional and they made sure we had everything we needed to have in order for us to be prepared to play. I couldn't have asked for more this season, other than for us to be in the next round."
- Connecticut guard/forward Barbara Turner on being a member of the Sun, to the Norwich Bulletin

"The two teams might have set offensive basketball back a little bit. I know we did."
- Sun coach Mike Thibault after his team scored just 62 points on 34-percent shooting in its Game 3 conference semifinal loss to the Liberty

"That kid's got ice water in her veins."
- Liberty coach Pat Coyle of rookie Essence Carson, who led New York with 15 points in the Game 3 win over Connecticut, to the New York Times

"I thought we had a heck of a season. It's a success no matter how you spin it."
- Monarchs coach Jenny Boucek after falling to the Silver Stars in Game 3, to the Sacramento Bee

"In our business you're either moving forward or moving backward. And we weren't moving forward. So the decision was made to go in a different direction."
- Washington Mystics Chief Operating Officer Greg Bibb on the departure of general manager Linda Hargrove, to the Washington Post