Postgame Quotes: May 22, 2004

Lynx 69, Monarchs 61
ARCO Arena

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Lynx Coach Suzie McConnell Serio
"That's just the way Katie is and the way she plays, and that's what I expect of her. She's made big play after big play for us in the past, and we expect her to pick up where she left off last year."

"I thought Amanda Lassiter was huge for us in the first half keeping us in the game, and unfortunately she hit her head and couldn't start the second half."

Lynx Guard Katie Smith
"Amanda Lassiter came up big she had 13 points in the first half, so we kept it close. The biggest dissapointment in the first half was offensive rebounding. They kicked our butts on the boards and got a lot of points out of that. We had to come out and do something to change the tempo. I was really proud of our defense down the stretch we really flustered them."

Monarchs Coach John Whisenant
"We went from a 17-10 advantage (on rebounds) to down 32-30. In this league, boards control the outcome of the game. You can watch the score by watching the rebounds. When we lose our focus and our intensity, we lose defensively and on the boards."

"They were the aggressor in the second half, and we weren't. They beat us and we lost one that we shouldn't have, especially at home.

Monarchs Guard Ticha Penicheiro
"I think everything starts with our defense. There was defense in the first half, but in the second half I think they were more aggressive. Obviously, Katie Smith had only two points in the first half. In second half she was very aggressive. She was the difference, I think. She set the tone for the aggressiveness, and our defense didn't do anything to stop them."

Monarchs Center Yolanda Griffith
"As a team, we've got to buckle down and take things away from other teams if we want to take it to the championship. We can't think like that right now; we just have to take one game at a time. We have to play together as a team defensively and stop teams from taking advantage of us towards the end."