Monarchs center Yolanda Griffith, after a win
last week, to the Sacramento Bee:
"I've been trying to help my team
accomplish all that we can. It's not about stats or scoring or rebounding. I lead
by example. Even when I'm struggling, Coach leaves me on the court just because
of my presence. My teammates know who I am. That's the only thing that matters.""
Sun guard Lindsay Whalen, after a
career-high 28 points in a win over Charlotte on Thursday night:
felt like a track mee. I was getting a little winded out there. I just wanted
to stay aggressive, stay in the middle and create things that way."
Storm guard Sue
Bird, to the News Tribune:
| Sue Bird
and the Storm are looking for their second straight title. |
"It’s a women’s league, and it’s important
to have people like Anne trailblazing the way. Because I know right now, women
are the minority for head coaching positions. Anne is kind of the one carrying
the load. She’s won the first title, she’s gotten to 100 first. Maybe when people
see what Anne has done they won’t be … I don’t want to say scared … but will hire
Liberty coach Pat Coyle,
on Vickie Johnson, to the New York Times:
"The first thing she talks
about is defense and rebounding, then scoring. We want her to step up and be a
scorer for us and get to the basket and get fouled. With Ann being out, V. J.
is just as vital putting numbers on the board for us in addition to all the other
stuff she does."
Sun coach Mike Thibault,
after last week's loss at home to the Liberty, to the Norwich Bulletin:
gave us answers to things we need to see and when we get to the playoffs. If we
played (New York) in the playoffs, the strategy would probably be a little bit
different (than Saturday night)."
Catchings, after a Tuesday win in Connecticut secured the second seed:
came in really composed. Last time we came in here, they blew us out."
Storm guard Betty Lennox, who returned last week from a sprained wrist:
try not to focus on the pain. I just try to focus on the game and not the wrist.
I'm just happy to be out there."
forward Sheryl Swoopes, after clinching a playoff berth on Thursday:
always go out and try to play good and stay focused and do whatever I have to
do to help my team win. You can always play defense, you can always rebound and
always put the effort out. If your shot's not falling, it's not going to fall."
Sparks forward Chamique Holdsclaw, to the L.A. Times:
just to be in the playoffs. It's a whole new season now. We've got to go out there
and bring our best game from this point on. Sacramento is a good team, but they're
a team we know we can beat. Last year our roles were reversed … we were the No.
1 seed and they were No. 4, and they bumped us. Anything's possible in the playoffs.
The level of play goes up a notch, and great teams will step up to the forefront."
Comets coach Van Chancellor:
never seen Sheryl more focused to get into the playoffs," coach Van Chancellor
said. "Tonight just clinched us. We've gone through so much this year. I was really
proud of our team tonight. I thought the team showed a lot of character. We defended
Phoenix really well, and they're hard for us to defend."
Shock coach Bill Laimbeer, on WNBA Shootaround on ESPN2 Saturday night:
will be very difficult to beat the Detroit Shock two games in a row. I don't care
where we're playing."
Janell Burse, after wrapping up the second seed for the second straight year on
"It's kinda like déjà vu. We're hoping that things
happen like last year as well. The team is different, but it's so much fun, especially
nights like this."
on Saturday night after their ninth straight win at home, with ESPN2's Heather
"Lauren wanted to play tonight after hurting her back, so Ithink
she'll be able to come along with it and be ready. Betty is getting better everyday
and is getting her legs back under her and is making good progress."
Sun coach Mike Thibault, to the Boston Globe, after wrapping up the best
overall record in the WNBA on Friday night:
"It feels real good. At
the beginning of the year, we set certain goals: make the playoffs, take care
of the conference and get the best overall record."
Indiana center Natalie Williams:
"Already, this has been an incredible
season. This is the most wins I've ever had playing on any WNBA team. My kids
start kindergarten, actually in a few weeks. So it's all about them now. It's
their time now."
Carol Blazejowski, on her team, to the New York Times:
Becky, we pick her up. Nobody wanted Frett, we pick her up. Shameka Christon played
for a small school in Arkansas, but we picked her up. Erin Thorn came from Brigham
Young University. People knew about Elena Baranova and Ann, but they were considered
soft Europeans. I'm real proud of my cast of characters."
Sun forward Taj McWilliams-Franklin, to the Hartford Courant, after closing
out the regular season with a win:
"We wanted to make sure we went
out winners and moved forward as winners."
Mystics coach Richie Adubato, after missing the playoffs, to the Washington
"We lost a lot of close games this year that would have made
the difference. We owe it to the fans and we owe it to ourselves to understand
that when we look in the mirror every night [we have to know] we laid it out on