Minnesota Phoenix Quotes

WNBA Post-Game Quotes
Minnesota at Phoenix
August 3, 2005 @ America West Arena

Phoenix Mercury 70
Minnesota Lynx 64

Minnesota Coach Suzie McConnell Serio:
“We did a lot of good things, but the disappointing part was that we let them back in the game. It came down to us giving up too many offensive rebounds, and they capitalized. They’re a very talented team and they capitalized on defensive breakdowns as well. I’m very disappointed that in crunch time we couldn’t get defensive stops when we needed to and come away with the ball.”

Minnesota forward Chandi Jones
“I felt like we played well. Both teams played really hard tonight, and I just think we kind of let the game slip away from us tonight. We stopped doing the little things, and Phoenix just kept fighting. They came up with the loose balls they needed to come up with in order to pull it out for the win for them tonight.”

“We let them get second chance points on their offensive boards. We didn’t do a good job as a team boxing out and getting rebounds. We just need to keep improving, believing in each other, and playing hard for the full forty minutes.”

Minnesota forward Svetlana Abrosimova
“Obviously I’m disappointed that we lost and I felt like we let them take control of the game in the second half. They came out a lot stronger, like they were going to win, and we kind of followed their lead instead of becoming more aggressive in the second half.”

“We didn’t box out and get those rebounds at the end of the game. They were getting those second chance points. We have to stay in the game for the full forty minutes. We can’t just play great the first twenty and then slow down in the second half. It’s the end of the season, we’ve got to win.”

Phoenix Coach Carrie Graf:
“We made the adjustments in the second half; I think defensively we were a whole lot tighter in the second half. Our ability to contain the ball was big and battling adversity of Anna [DeForge] going out. I think we battled to dig that one out. That’s a sign that we can win when it’s not pretty. That’s a sign of a good game.”

Phoenix Forward Kamila Vodichkova:
“We didn’t play great in the first half, we didn’t play at our regular tempo. Where were losing by 9 at half time so we had a big talk in the locker room and we brought our game back in the second half. Our rebounding, our post defense and we didn’t let their little players come to the basket.”

Phoenix Forward Penny Taylor:
“I realized that every game is important for us, especially against the West teams and we really need to get those wins.”

“The second half we tried to contain them and get really good ball pressure so we could keep them out the paint We had to be a lot more aggressive, not so much shooting the ball but making the extra pass and getting a good shot.”