Monarchs center Yolanda Griffith, to the
Saramento Bee, after Sacramento punched its ticket to the Finals:
had our best season ever, but that can all disappear if we don't protect home
court. Even though we won, our backs are still against the wall."
Sun forward Nykesha Sales, to the Hartford Courant, after beating the Fever
to head to the Finals:
"We were a lot more excited last year. We're
excited but we realize that it defeats the purpose if we go to the championship
again and lose. I think you'll see a wild side if we win the championship."
Monarchs coach John Whisenant:
"We're tickled to death to win this
game. We beat a first-class team. Van's a great guy, great coach. His team has
good players. We were able to beat them, which makes it that much sweeter."
Sun coach Mike Thibault, on the overtime clincher in Game Two:
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hardest thing sometimes is when you're in a situation like that and you don't
win in regulation, the tendency is to come out unhappy or flat to start the overtime.
Instead we kind of cranked it up to start the overtime."
Monarchs forward DeMya Walker, to the Sacramento Bee:
are all natural, but coach has been drilling into my head ever since he took the
job that I needed to develop my inside game. He told me I was a great athlete,
that I could be a great player if I adopted that (post) move. And I just really
believed it. The thing about it is, though, I never really know if I'm going to
go left, if I'm going right."
coach Van Chancellor, after Game Two:
"I don't mean this bad, and I
love Penicheiro. But we might have been better off if she had played a little
bit today. I say that kind of lightheartedly, OK? Lawson just lit us up, played
extremely well and did a great job."
Fever center Natalie Williams, prior to her final game, to the Indianapolis
"You're almost like one of the heavyweights walking into the
arena getting ready for the big fight. That's what it feels like."
Lindsay Whalen, after Game One, to the Hartford Courant:
victories like this just by sticking with it and digging down."
Comets coach Van Chancellor, after a Conference Finals Game One loss to Sacramento:
Nicole Powell credit for making a great shot; give Coach Whisenant a lot of credit
for bringing his team in here without (Ticha) Penicheiro and beating us at home.
They deserved it...they played great. I thought when we went up 3 points, we'd
have a shot at them. One thing is, late in the game I just could not get the play
I wanted to run and that hurt us some. They did a good job of taking us out of
the offense...they made the shot and I had 4 seconds to go...I should have never
called the play that we take it to the basket and try to draw the foul."
Sun guard Katie Douglas, after her Game One three-pointer helped Connecticut
win Game One, to the Hartford Courant:
"It's just one of those things.
I just realized the shot clock was going down. I actually, honestly, 100 percent
intended to bank it. If you shoot it straight on from that far out, you're not
going to get a good bounce. I just wanted to get it off the backboard."
Monarchs coach John Whisenant after winning Game One on the road:
Ticha (Penicheiro) we are not as capable of being a racehorse team and we're just
going to have to play on their game. We're just going to have to get into a slugfest
and get out and play them in half-court basketball. I felt like Van (Chancellor)
tried to take advantage of us not having Ticha (Penicheiro) and would press as
often as he could to try and see if our less experienced point guard and guards
would make turnovers and I was very proud of the way we were able to handle that."
Fever coach John Whisenant, after dropping the Eastern Conference Finals Game
One to the Sun:
"We were right where we wanted to be," he said. "We
positioned ourselves to have a chance to win. "That's all you can ask for in a
Monarchs guard Nicole
Powell, who hit a big three-pointer to give the Monarchs the win in Game One:
that shot, we knew we had to get ready for another 5 minutes of basketball. We
weren't really concerned with what they were doing in the overtime, we just had
to play our game. That was most definitely the biggest shot for me as a professional
basketball player. To come down here and win, it was such a big game...everyone
played well tonight, everybody contributed when it really counted."
Comets center Michelle Snow, after Game One in Houston:
I feel like we kept the game close...we had it won in regulation. Bottom line
-- we had the game won, but we did not win. That is the problem we need to fix.
We can go back and look at the situation of the last play in regulation. Maybe
if we fouled before the ball goes in, maybe she only gets 2 free throws. And when
we get the ball back, there is no chance (of them tying or winning)...we're up
3 points. I think we need to play situational basketball. We played hard, but
we did not play smart when it came to situations. She (Nicole Powell) did hit
a heck of a shot. It was a very tough shot...I'm not going to knock that, but
we shouldn't have put her in that position to be able to make that shot. That
was very frustrating, but other than that, we played hard, we out-rebounded them,
but we had too many turnovers. Even with the 20 turnovers, we were right there
for the entire game so we have a lot of things to capitalize upon and I think
if we make better decisions down the stretch, we will win."
Monarchs center Yolanda Griffith:
"The only pressure that is put
upon us is if we have a bad game and try to press the issue to come back even
stronger. We've been the underdog this whole season even know we're number one
in the West. We believe in each other, trust in each other, and are just playing
for ourselves right now. I think that if we just stay relaxed like we've been
the entire season, no matter good or bad, we'll be OK. This is just an example
of how this team is. We are together. It doesn't matter who scores on this team
as long as we win and that's what's been helping us all season."
Comets forward Sheryl Swoopes, after Game One in Houston:
definitely not something that we wanted to do. Sacramento (Monarchs) is a very
good team, and we knew we had to come in here and play, regardless of whether
Ticha (Penicheiro) played or not we based our practices on her playing. We dug
ourselves in a hold and we were able to get out of it. We could never really get
in any kind of flow. In the timeout, we were playing like we had another game
on Saturday instead of playing like we didn't have another game on Saturday. We
know it's not going to be easy, but at the same time we know everybody is confident
in us to know that if we go down there Saturday and not have 20 turnovers like
we did tonight, we have a pretty good shot of winning."
Monarchs guard Kara Lawson, to ESPN.com:
"I became interested in
women's basketball because of Dawn Staley. I was in third, fourth, fifth grade,
and that was when Virginia was going to three Final Fours in a row. Those were
the basketball camps I went to. I was enamored with Dawn and the things she could
do with the ball."
Sun guard Katie
Douglas, prior to the start of the Eastern Conference Finals:
time we play them, we play crazy. We play real chaotic. They just work you into
chaos. And that's why they're winning games."
Monarchs coach John Whisenant, before Game One against the Comets, about guard
"Right now, she can't put her foot down," Monarchs
coach John Whisenant said.
forward Tamika Catchings, to the Indianapolis star:
"This is the growing
stage. We need to remember, we're still the pioneers."
Sun forward Nykesha Sales, to the Hartford Courant, prior to Game One with
"We just know that if we play our A game, we can win it.
So the pressure lies on us going out and playing well, not hoping someone else
doesn't play their best game. Because I think their best game to our best game,
we're going to win."
Sheryl Swoopes, to USA Today, prior to Game One with the Monarchs:
now we're playing very good basketball," said Swoopes, who owns four WNBA title
rings, three Olympic gold medals and two league MVP awards. "I think we're playing
good individually, and as a team we're playing some incredible basketball."
Sun guard Lindsay Whalen, to the Hartford Courant, prior to the Eastern Conference
"I got in better shape the first year in college [at Minnesota]
and I was getting up there a little bit. I tried to touch the rim and, you know,
I'm thinking I'm going to dislocate something. I landed kind of funny. I was like,
`This isn't worth it. I'm never going to dunk. I'm never going to finger-roll
and touch the rim.' I haven't tried since."
Sparks guard Nikki Teasley, to the Sacramento Bee, after being eliminated
by the Monarchs in the first round:
"I can say for the WNBA - and the
NBA, too - Sacramento has the most intense fans I have ever heard. And their team
feeds off that energy."
Van Chanceller after knocking out the Storm in Seattle last weekend, to the Houston
"I ain't planning on sleeping a lick tonight. I'm going
to call my four grand boys to meet me at the airport, and I'm going to celebrate
this game for 24 hours. I ain't going to think about Sacramento."
Shock guard Deanna Nolan, after the Shock were eliminated from the playoffs
by the Fever, to the Detroit News:
"It is disappointing and frustrating.
With the talented players we have, we're bigger, stronger and faster than anybody
in this league. Some games, we just couldn't put it together. I don't know why."
Storm guard Sue Bird, after the Storm
were eliminated from the playoffs, to the Seattle Times:
a surreal feeling. There are a lot of teams in the WNBA that just said, ‘Whew,
Seattle lost!’ – I can tell you that much. That’s what makes this hurt – we had
an opportunity to do some great things and defend our title but we didn’t.”