Things said and heard around the WNBA this week.

Notes and Quotes:
June 20, 2005

Liberty guard Vickie Johnson, on getting her 3,000th point on Saturday,
"I just went for it. I didn’t come in to break the record. I just wanted to come out and help my team get a victory today, and if I accomplished 3,000, then it’s a bonus."

Silver Stars Guard Dalma Ivanyi, on her first start on Saturday,
"Coach told me about 30 minutes before the game that I would be starting. I felt good. I’ve only been with the team about three weeks now. I’m finally starting to get to know the team and adjust to the game and how it’s played here. I still need to get more confidence and get to know the players better so I can call the plays on offense for everyone."

Connecticut's Mike Thibault, to the Hartford Courant:
"We're unselfish. We have multiple weapons, and our players trust each other."

Seattle's Betty Lennox, on the return of teammate Sue Bird to the lineup:
"We don't want her to rush. We need her because she's a big part of this team, but we've got to continue to believe in ourselves."

Dominique Canty is having a breakout year with the Comets.
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Sacramento coach John Whisenant, on Nicole Powell, after a victory on Monday:
"I thought she turned down some shots. I told her that's why we hired her. She's a hired gun. She's our outside threat."

Silver Stars forward Wendy Palmer-Daniel, on Saturday:
"We’re not showing the same intensity and focus that we have at the beginning of the game. It’s one of our struggles and we have to find a way to solve it. Teams will start to know that’s one of our characteristics and jump on it."

Indiana's Tamika Catchings, on Wednesday, to the Indianapolis Star:
"It's just frustrating for me because I know what I need to do. But when I get in the game, you see the open shot and you want to shoot it. But I need to realize, hey, I'm not shooting well right now and need to get in closer to the basket and try to make other things happen."

Catchings, on Wednesday night, after a 20-point, 16-rebound, 8-assist, 6-steal performance against Detroit:
"It was kind of like a playoff atmosphere. I think we have a big rivalry with Detroit. Not just the men, but also with the women. I think we play our best games against them. And likewise, they play their best games against us."

Mystics guard Alana Beard, on her team's week off:
"From a team standpoint, the week was very valuable because we really needed the time to work on some things. Because we'd had so many people in and out of the lineup, we've still been looking to get some continuity and chemistry. We really didn't have a chance to do that until this week."

Mercury G.M. Seth Sulka, on the possible return of Maria Stepanova on Saturday:
"All she has to do is go by the U.S. consulate, get it stamped and get on the flight. This is the closest we have been to getting her back since she left three years ago."

Mercury center Kamila Vodichkova:
"I'm getting over the surgery, learning the team and learning the plays."

Lynx center Vanessa Hayden:
"I want to be a an offensive threat. If [the referees] charge me with offensive fouls, oh, well."

Diana Taurasi, on the perception of her as savior of the Mercury:
"They can put as many expectations and hopes on me as they want. But I can only be who I am. I'm just one player in a league with a lot of great players."

Charlotte Sting coach Trudi Lacey:
"You have to think about what you want. Reality is perception, so if I perceive I'm a bad shooter, then I'm a bad shooter. But if I perceive that I'm a good shooter, then the next one is going in."

Chamique Holdsclaw, after the Sparks win over the Comets on Wednesday:
"We knew that it was important to jump on them early. Once we got ahead, we made sure that we kept the lead by moving the ball around for open shots."

Sacramento's Ticha Penicheiro said about her father on Friday night, to the Sacramento Bee:
"He's really excited about this season. Everybody - including ourselves - didn't know what to expect this season with so many changes. He gets to see some of our games now on TV. My parents are coming to Sacramento in July, and they can't wait."

Diana Taurasi, on her dad, Mario, who was in the stands Saturday to see her daughter play in New York:
"He’s just been a great inspiration. He never tried to coach me, he just said play your best and whatever happens, happens."

Washington's Kaayla Chones, on her father:
"I wanted him to teach me. He's been my best coach and my biggest fan. He's just given me so much knowledge and wisdom."

Deanna Nolan, on her game so far this season, on Sunday:
"I don't think anything has felt differentl. When I get the ball, I'm more concentrating on having that mentality to try to score. With Swin being out, I kind of have to pick up the slack for her. ... It's just my teammates giving me the ball, setting great picks for me and I'm getting those wide-open looks and they're falling for me."

Liberty center Ann Wauters, after last Sunday's win at home against Detroit,
"It really helps because as a team, when we came home (Saturday), it was tough losing after the way we played (in a previous loss to Indiana). I think this victory really can help us and really build confidence."

Houston assistant coach Kevin Cook, on back-to-back games with Sacramento and Connecticut,
"There's no doubt about it. From the frying pan, with this Connecticut team, into the fire. How cliché is that?"

Storm center Janel Burse, on her game-winner last Sunday against the Sting,
"The play broke down, but we were patient. The pass came into (Wright), and (she) gave me the ball and I was able to score. I thought time had ran out, actually. I looked up at the clock and said, 'Thank God.' "

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