Connecticut Sun guard Lindsay Whalen on the Sun's series - clinching win over the Mystics, to the Hartford Courant:
"You'd rather have the ugly win than a really good looking loss. We'll take it."
Washington Mystics forward DeLisha Milton-Jones on the Mystics' season, to the Washington Post:
"I thought Alana was going to make the shot and we all believed that we were going to win. I'll remember this team in several ways. I'll remember us at times being the Bad News Bears and at other times we were a team that persevered and always believed in ourselves. I'm sad about the way this season ended, but I think it's also a building block because this is just part of the maturation process. I look at this team and believe that we have something very special here."
Los Angeles Sparks coach Joe Bryant, on motivating his team to victory in Game Two of the First Round, to the Los Angeles Times:
"I told them [at halftime] we weren't ready to go to the beach yet. We'd worked too hard during the course of the season to be eliminated after two games."
Connecticut Sun coach Mike Thibault, on being named WNBA Coach of the Year, to the Associated Press:
“It's a great honor, not for me. It's a great honor for our organization. I have been a huge preacher to our team from the very first day I got here that any award you win is because of what we do as a group. None of our players or coaches have incentives in their contracts for (being) All-Stars or MVP and different awards like this."
Minnesota Lynx forward Seimone Augustus, on being named WNBA Rookie of the Year, to the Associated Press:
“I'm very excited about getting this award. It means a lot to me and I think it means more to my teammates. I've gotten a lot of phone calls from the coaching staff in Minnesota and my teammates. Everybody has been happy. At least we have something to look forward to for next season and be able to smile about something this year.”
| Tamika Whitmore scored a WNBA playoff-record 41 points in the Fever's loss to the Shock on Saturday.|
Houston Comets guard Dawn Staley on playing in her final WNBA game on Saturday, to the Houston Chronicle:
“Really, I just stayed in the moment. I didn't think about tomorrow. I didn't think about any of that. After the game, a couple of players said some great things to me. That's when it really sunk in that, 'This is it. This is the last time I'll line up, say good luck, congratulations to the other team."
Detroit Shock forward Swin Cash, on head coach Bill Laimbeer, to the Detroit Free Press:
“He's always putting it out there. He's always just throwing out guarantees and sometimes you have a coach that's outspoken. But he's steps up for us a lot of times. He takes a lot of hits when it's actually our fault. When he put it out there like that, we just tried to come out and back it up."
Indiana Fever forward Tamika Whitmore on when she will begin to appreciate her 41-point effort against Detroit on Saturday, to the Indianapolis Star:
“If I ever have children, and grandchildren maybe. For right now, I have a lot more years left to play. Like I said, I came to Indiana to get a WNBA championship."
Sacramento Monarchs forward Nicole Powell on Erin Beuscher, who was named the WNBA's Most Improved Player, to the Sacramento Bee:
"Erin earned it. She played (small forward) in college and worked very hard to convert to a post. She knew going into this season that she would need to fill in for DeMya. She seized that opportunity. But when she went back to the bench, she didn't let up. She's all about team."
Houston Comets coach Van Chancellor on the Sacramento Monarchs, to the Houston Chronicle:
“Right now, they're the best team in the league. I thought at one time maybe Connecticut was. But if they play the way they did (Saturday) and last Thursday, ain't nobody going to beat them."