Sacramento Monarchs guard Scholanda Dorrell on the team's depth, to
"A lot of teams in this league can only go down their bench to two or three people who can really be factors. It's important for us to play nine, 10 and even 11 people. Everybody can be fresh when our last game comes around."

Sacramento Monarchs guard Ticha Penicheiro, on the fan support in Sacramento, to
"These fans support you no matter what. They patiently waited for a championship. They're faithful. When things were going bad with the franchise … I remember my first year, it was terrible [Sacramento was 8-22]. But those same people who were there then are still here today."

Detroit Shock coach Bill Laimbeer, on the team's effort in Game 3, to USA Today:
“It was clear before the game started, we were going to be in trouble. I didn't think we were ready to play as hard as we had to win a game in their building. ... In the middle of this game, we stopped playing. That's unacceptable behavior for a professional athlete."

Sacramento Monarchs coach John Whisenant on Nicole Powell, to the Sacramento Bee:
“She's worked very hard to improve her body and get leaner and play our defense better. She's still getting better all the time. She is offensively aggressive and that's critical."

Nicole Powell and the Sacramento Monarchs have a 2-1 lead in the WNBA Finals.
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Sacramento Monarchs guard Kristin Haynie, on the bench's role on the team, to the Sacramento Bee:
"We have to be the spark plug for our team."

Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie, on her MVP season:
“I came into this year really in shape and on top of my game. I was hoping to be able to play at the same speed as (young players like Taurasi, Cappie Pondexter and Seimone Augustus). It's just amazing for us veterans, so to speak, to continue to play at a high level every day consistently, and that's just what I tried to do."

Detroit Shock forward Cheryl Ford, on her team's performance in Game 3, to USA Today:
“We were not mentally prepared today. If we were, wouldn't have had all those turnovers. The series is not over. We've just got to stay positive and stay focused."

Shock coach Bill Laimbeer, on the team's effort in Game 2, to the Sacramento Bee:
“When Katie made the three-ball, we just said, 'You have 10 minutes to protect your home court, to put yourself back in the series. And it was great to see the response of the players."

Sacramento Monarchs guard Nicole Powell, on the team's performance in Game 1, to
"We've been able to do that, and that's what's been the difference for us in the playoffs vs. the regular season," she said. "In the regular season, sometimes we would have a lead, and the other team would come back on us. It's a tribute to everyone being focused and having great leadership."

Detroit Shock guard Katie Smith, on playing the Monarchs in Game 1, to
"It was like a never-ending, uphill battle."