Finals Practice Quotes

September 17, 2005
Here is what the players and coaches had to say in preparation for Game 3:

Coach John Whisenant, Sacramento Monarchs: We're happy. We're sorry we lost, we're sorry we made a defensive mistake and didn't win the second game, but the fact is we did. And now, if somebody would have told us last April we could go in a best of three series and have the first two at our home court and win two out of three, we would be tickled to death.

Kara Lawson, Sacramento Monarchs: Unbelievable. Something like that, the WNBA Finals has never seen, because it's never been to ARCO. And people know how crazy it gets for the Kings, so it will be crazy here at Arco tomorrow.

Nicole Powell, Sacramento Monarchs: It's a big game. Every game is a big game in the championship series. So I'm excited to play and I'm excited to be at home.

Ticha Penicheiro, Sacramento Monarchs: I feel good. Not myself, not 100 percent. But it feels good to be back on the court. Sometimes it's frustrating. I feel like I don't have my explosiveness and I'm not my normal self, but, hey, you have to suck it up and try to be your best and just rest after the season.

Yolanda Griffith, Sacramento Monarchs: They can want it more than us and they can get it. If we want it more than them and do everything that we're capable of doing, executing offensively, crash the boards, rebounding, playing the defense that we know how to play, we're going to be okay.

Asjha Jones, Connecticut Sun: All that stuff that happened in the regular season is out the window. Right now both our games have been pretty tough and evenly matched, balanced scoring all around, but all that stuff is out the window. Now it's just time to take care of business.

Mike Thibault, coach Connecticut Sun: Well, it would be nicer to win this one and take a little bit of pressure off, knowing we have two games to win one after that. But this series could go back and forth the whole time.

Lindsay Whalen, Connecticut Sun: I feel better today. Better than yesterday. And my knee's fine. It's more the ankle now. It's all just down in my foot now.

Nykesha Sales, Connecticut Sun: Both sides are getting great shots, you just got to put it in the hole and maybe one or two more stops on the other team is going to determine who is going to win or lose.

Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Connecticut Sun: I don't know, it's our season now, it's basically the best two out of three. Those two games are gone, we're back here. We won here in the regular season and we're looking for a good showing in the game tomorrow.