Lynx Postgame Quotes: August 23, 2003

Shock 86, Lynx 77 (OT)
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Lynx Coach Suzie McConnell Serio
"It's just not the way we wanted to end the regular season. It was a hard-fought game — the effort was there — and it was a great game. It went into overtime, but we didn't shoot the ball very well. The statistic that jumps out at me is free throws. I always talk about close games being won and lost at the free-throw line, and we had opportunities in regulation and in overtime... Not to let this take away from the excitement of being in the playoffs right now. We need to come back with renewed enthusiasm and confidence that we can win the first round."

"We still had our chances, and Katie made a big defensive stop. We had the opportunity to win it, and the shot almost fell. We almost had the offensive rebound... We just fell short. I'm very proud of the effort we played with tonight. The fans were great. We need to carry this to the playoffs, because this is what it will be like in the playoffs. We've got to find a way to win these games."

"This team doesn't like losing. They believe they can win, and they expect to win when they go out on the floor. After every loss, it's very disappointing... We'll prepare the same, and learn from what we've done and what we've done well. Both teams (Los Angeles and Houston) are very talented. You're looking at the only champions in the WNBA — either team. I think we've got to take care of ourselves and take care of the ball. Just doing the little things that make a difference."

Lynx Guard Katie Smith
"We played hard. We tried to execute down the stretch. They came back on us in the second half to tie it up in regulation. We should've won it. We missed some free throws, but we've just got to learn from the little things. That's what it's going to take to get past the first round — making free throws and being able to stop people. But they're a tough team, and they definitely produced tonight."

Lynx Forward Tamika Williams
"Going to the playoffs, you don't want to lose your last game. But it could be a good thing, because we've had to struggle to get confidence and struggle to get respect in the league. I think that we played the two top teams, and it's good because those are the teams you have to play in the playoffs. That's what level people want to play at."

"I hate losing, and I'm still feeling it. I'm looking at it as a confidence-booster and kind of a learning experience. Now we've got to go take care of business."

"Nothing was really being said, but I think people just felt like we could've won. It kind of felt like at Seattle. I remember the feeling was like that. We were up by so many points, and they came back. And I knew at halftime, and said it twice, they've come back before. They came out and proved it, and they're the best team in the league right now."

Shock Coach Bill Laimbeer
"I just put three things on the board (at halftime). Our effort was bad, we had too many turnovers, and we had to come out and play our game... We can be down at halftime, and I know that we can come back and win each game. Defense is our trademark... We had to go inside and attack their post players. It's just the frame of mind that we had to go inside and come out with the right frame of mind to win the game."

"They (Minnesota) play very well together and they share the ball. I read earlier in the season they had a problem with that, but they seem to have accepted their roles now... We were the two bottom teams a year ago, and now we're in the playoffs. I think it's very good for the league and for both of our franchises."

"This game was very important because it clinched homecourt advantage for us throughout the playoffs... In the playoffs, you have to play 40 minutes. You can't waste a half. It's going to make a world of difference if you go ahead and throw away a game. You have to be mentally tough as players every game, every half."

Shock Forward Swin Cash
"It was a competitive game, and these are two playoff teams. We're trying to get the tone set for the playoffs, and get tuned up. It was a well-fought game. It was fun to have good fans, and to have them actually enjoy a game like this."

"I think for us it was just more mental toughness. We've been in positions like this before and don't panic. We just really kept our composure, came up with some key plays... and give a lot of credit to our bench. They came in and gave us quality minutes, and we made plays down the stretch."

Shock Center Ruth Riley
"The first half was a bit ugly. We were out of synch, not playing together... And then the second half we were a little more focused, executed down the stretch and were able to pull off the great win."

"Minnesota, you have to give them a lot of credit. They're a very physical team, and I think it's a preview of what's going to happen in the playoffs. It's the same type of style, and that's why you'll see that."

"I think we realize that you can't take a half off. You have to come out and play 40 minutes of basketball, and execute offensively without turning the ball over... It was a battle on both ends. Tall post players make a good matchup. I think we're a very post-oriented team, and they are as well."