Lynx Postgame Quotes: June 29, 2003

Lynx 59, Mystics 50
MCI Center (Washington, D.C.)

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Lynx Coach Suzie McConnell Serio
"I thought their defense was very effective. It was a great move for them. We became very tentative against their zone. We also became very passive and our decision-making had to change."

"(Michele Van Gorp) is good enough on this team to be a starter. She plays many minutes, because she's a difference maker offensively and defensively for us. She is first player off the bench no matter whom we are subbing. She plays her role on this team well."

"We want to cut down on our turnovers. Nineteen is entirely too many. They had 18 points off those 19 turnovers, and that could be the difference in a game. These are players that are exciting. I was a point guard who took chances and took risks. These players are the same way. They like to make the high-risk passes, but down the stretch they are smart enough to know when to take the chance and when not to."

Lynx Guard Katie Smith
"Gorp has been huge for us. She comes in and gives us a big spark. She rebounds well, she's making shots, and she's being a presence in there where they have to worry about our inside game. And that allows us to get some shots on the outside."

"We take a lot of pride in our defense, and we were able to maintain it even when we weren't scoring."

Mystics Coach Marianne Stanley
"It can be pretty discouraging, but I am asking my team to hang there and not be discouraged. We are not making shots that are make-able, and that is a pretty frustrating place to be. We have been shooting the ball pretty well in practice. I just do not have an explanation — it is just a very frustrating time when you are not making shots that you know you can make."

"Van Gorp gave them a big lift — she made some tough shots. I thought we made her shots very difficult — she did not get any easy ones. You just have to tip your hat when somebody comes and performs the way she did."

Mystics Guard Coco Miller
"Overall, I think the team defensively did well. We had trouble hitting our shots. We have to keep working hard. We're really close to getting some wins. We need to get one under our belts and continue in that fashion."