Postgame Quotes: Mercury vs. Fever, Game 3 - Oct. 4, 2009

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Diana Taurasi

Cappie Pondexter

Lin Dunn

Tamika Catchings
Mercury guard Diana Taurasi

On missing shots: "Sometimes you can go up and shoot it the same way, and it sometimes just doesn't go in. I don't know personally how many wide open shots I got and you just can't knock them down, and that's something you have to do, especially at this stage of the series, of the game. "

On playing defense: "I think for the most part we did a good job containing penetration, which had been hurting us, but in crucial moments we didn't get stops, which is something we need to do, something we're going to have to concentrate on."


Mercury guard Cappie Pondexter

On the last shot of the game: "It was designed for Penny. I think I overthrew the pass and it ended up in Tangela's hand, and Tangela got a decent look and Ebony blocked the shot, but we had numerous chances to get a good looking shot. We didn't execute. Sometimes that happens. "

On shooting at the end of the game: "Like I said before, I got a couple good looks toward the end of the game. You know, sometimes I hit, sometimes I don't, it happens. But we had a lot of chances, you know, to make the shot but it didn't happen. "


Fever Head Coach Lin Dunn

Opening statement: "I thought it was a great game. We were expecting a super effort from Phoenix after we were able to steal a game out there. I just thought our players did a magnificent job down the stretch in crunch time of getting stops when we need them and I thought our defense stepped up and we got some key rebounds. But, you know, we're happy to be in this situation, we know we're one step closer to our goal."

On the fans: "I can't say enough about the crowd. I thought the last three minutes of the game, when the game was on the line and everybody was standing and screaming, it was awesome, it was wonderful. It gave our players a little extra boost of energy down the stretch. So I want to say thank you to the fans and I would like to see them all back Wednesday night for the championship game."


Fever Guard Tamika Catchings

On closing out the series: "I think the biggest thing is staying focused. We have to come out tomorrow we're not going to have a day off, we're going to come in and start looking at Wednesday, and everybody has to stay focussed and we have to stay hungry. That's the biggest thing, I think a lot of teams get content especially when you go up 2 1, they get a little down, but we have to stay on our toes and keep them on their heels. "