Postgame Quotes: July 18, 2004

Lynx 63, Mercury 60
America West Arena

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Lynx Coach Suzie McConnell Serio
"We knew it was going to be a physical game. They had a lot of time to get ready for this game, and we thought we had to match their intensity defensively and be aggressive on the offensive end. This team has come so far and has stepped up, and we are starting to take better care of the basketball. When Katie is aggressive, everyone feeds off of that. At halftime we challenged them to step up and run our offense and be patient and get the ball inside. Katie hit some big shots for us."

Lynx Guard Katie Smith
"It was a close game and we took the lead early. They made a run, came right back at us and took the lead at the half. In the second half it was kind of a battle and it went back-and-forth. We just came down and made some buckets at the end and were able to convert and make some big stops."

"Phoenix has given us some trouble this year. We've had some interesting games against them. We won the series against them and that might be big down the stretch... I was just more aggressive and my teammates helped me out by finding me."

Lynx Center Nicole Ohlde
"We continue to pull out the close ones, and this was a total team effort. We hung in there and did the things we needed to do. Katie continues to come up with some big shots."

Mercury Coach Carrie Graf
"She's (Smith) a world-class player. She got away from us and we didn't defend her well down the stretch. She has hurt us like that in the other games, but I think she came out and we didn't have an answer for her tonight."

"It's a backbreaker. It's a tough loss to swallow. The focus for us now is how do we dig ourselves out of it. We have got to find a way to minimize our errors throughout the course of the game and come up with win back here at home. We've got to stay positive while we try and dig out a win here."

Mercury Guard Diana Taurasi
"We know we try to treat each game as a must-win, and we just didn't get it done, bottom line. We had to come into this game and play pretty well and for the most part I think we did a good job, but they had a couple of breaks here and there and that was the game."

"Katie Smith is a great player and tonight she showed it. She made big shot after big shot. We did not do a good job on her at all. When you have a great player like that, it takes all five players working together and we didn't do that."

Mercury Forward Penny Taylor
"This was a really disappointing loss, but we do have to realize that we have a game on Wednesday. That is the beautiful thing about this league is that you have a turnaround game and we have to be ready to get out there and make up for this one."

"We have to focus on getting wins. There is nothing more I can say than that. We didn't get the job done on especially Katie Smith tonight, but that was the job of the whole team and we didn't get it done. We didn't meet the goals or the game plan that were up on the board and we need to. We need to meet our goals for all 40 minutes."