Lynx Postgame Quotes: August 9, 2003

Lynx 77, Monarchs 73
Arco Arena (Sacramento)

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Lynx Coach Suzie McConnell Serio
"This win was huge for us in this playoff race. Especially being tied in the records and having been at Seattle last night, this was very big for us. We just had two big losses and this was a big win. Being able to win on the road was key for us."

"I couldn't have been more proud of our team's efforts. Especially when we were down by 10 and really stepped up the defensive pressure."

"The crowd was incredible. The intensity on the floor — there's nothing like it. This game really had playoff atmosphere."

Lynx Guard Katie Smith
"A lot of these games are starting to feel like playoff games. The crowds really make it feel like a playoff game. We were at Seattle last night and Sacramento tonight; they both had super crowds."

"We were tied, records-wise, so we're both battling, and Sacramento is playing really well right now. Our work isn't done yet — this gets us one step closer. We still have about five more games and each one is going to have as much riding on it as this one."

"The key down the stretch tonight was that we got some stops and then offsensively we got some buckets."

Monarchs Coach John Whisenant
"We struggled with the energy all night. It is hard to explain how in a game this important to the Monarchs, we just lacked energy... We would play two or three minutes with intensity and then we would lose it. You can't play our defense without great intensity. Our defense didn't dominate (Minnesota)."

Monarchs Guard Ticha Penicheiro
"We could have had this game. I shouldn't be here with my head down talking about how we should have had this game. They've been on the road and they played last night — we should have had this game."

"We have to (regroup). It's not the end of the world. We could have picked up fourth place and they could've been fifth. But it is not the last game of the season and we're not out of the playoffs, so we have to regroup."