Things said and heard around the WNBA this week.

Notes and Quotes: May 22, 2006

Storm coach Anne Donovan on guard Sue Bird's performance on Sunday, to the Seattle Times:
ďSue played the perfect game. That's exactly what we need from Sue Bird."

Silver Stars rookie forward Sophia Young, on defeating the Houston Comets, to the San Antonio Express-News:
ďI tried to not to think about (Houston's) personnel and experience. I figured if I thought about it too much, I would change the way I played."

Sparks coach Joe Bryant, on Seattle Storm forward Wendy Palmer's performance against his team, to the Los Angeles Daily News:
ďShe went in there and did an old-school lesson on us."

Liberty guard Becky Hammon, on Saturday's loss to the Connecticut Sun, to the New York Daily News:
ďIt's chemistry, it's not being brain dead out there. We broke down because of their defense and just not being aware of what they were doing defensively. I think when we look at the tape, we will see when we stuck to the plays we got good shots and when we didn't we didn't get good shots. We can learn from this."

Jia Perkins's free throws with one second remaining led the Sky to an 83-82 victory over the Sting.
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Sky guard Jia Perkins on sinking three free-throws with one second left to give Chicago an 83-82 victory over Charlotte, to the Chicago Sun-Times:
ď'I was nervous and excited, and on the line everyone was telling me to calm down,'' Perkins said. ''When I made the first one, a lot of the pressure was off, and then the second and the third. When I went up there, me legs were shaking. It was pretty nerve-racking."

Mercury coach Paul Westhead, on Saturday's loss to Sacramento, to the Arizona Republic:
ďWe had spots where we played really well, but we didn't do it for the full 40 minutes. They'll have to learn about how long and how hard they'll have to play for 40 minutes, and the only way you learn to do that is to play games."

Former Sting play Andrea Stinson on having her number retired on Saturday, to the Associated Press:
ďI thought about it in advance, about how it would feel, but when I saw the jersey come down, I could barely stand."

President George W. Bush while meeting the 2005 Champion Sacramento Monarchs at the White House:
ďI don't know if you can remember, but I certainly do, when a lot of people were speculating that the WNBA wouldn't last. They couldn't possibly make it,' they were saying. Well, the truth of the matter is, the WNBA has not only lasted, it's thrived, and American sports are better for it.Ē

Liberty rookie guard Sherill Baker on her adjustment to the WNBA, to the New York Daily News:
"In college, our playbook was like two or three pages, here itís between 20 to 30 pages. Itís a big difference and a lot to learn."

The Indiana Feverís off-season acquisition Anna DeForge on her move to Indiana, to the Associated Press:
"Iím very excited about the move, Iím very excited to be here. Iím excited that Indiana wants me to be a part of what theyíre trying to do, and thatís to win a WNBA Championship. Iím just trying to contribute and help this team over that final hump.''

Seattle forward Lauren Jackson on sitting out most of the preseason to rest stress fractures in her legs, to the Associated Press:
"Itís annoying. At the moment, theyíre trying to preserve me. I canít wait for (the season) to start."

Former Charlotte Sting and original WNBA player Andrea Stinson on her jersey retirement ceremony:
"Well Iím going to hold my tears back, but I donít know if I can do it. Itís going to be a special night.''

Comets guard Dawn Staley, on starting her last season as a WNBA player:
"It's nice to be able to savor everything going through the season," she said. "In the past, I wasn't focused that way because there was always going to be next year. But it's a beautiful thing, and I'm looking forward to it.Ē

Detroit Shock coach Bill Laimbeer on his starting shooting guard, Deanna Nolan:
"She's tremendous in the open court. She gets up and down the court faster than anybody in the league. Defensively, she locks down her opponent."

Monarchs coach John Whisenant on being considered a candidate for the Sacremento Kings coaching vacancy, to the Sacramento Bee:
"I recognize that I'm one of the people mentioned, which I take as a compliment. But I have a job I really like. I don't have much time to think about it. I know Gavin and Joe and the Maloof family better than anyone in this area, and they will make a logical, well-thought-out choice for who is best for the organization."

Sheryl Swoopes of the Comets on the preseason play of teammate Roneeka Hodges, to the Houston Chronicle:
"You know, I think Roneeka has had a really good training camp. She's come in this season on a mission. She's playing extremely well. Honestly, I think right now, Roneeka is probably playing the best basketball on the team. That's including every player, myself, Dawn (Staley). And the more she plays and the better she plays, the more confidence she gets."

Chicago Sky guard Chelsea Newton on her WNBA career so far, to the Chicago Sun-Times:
"I came out of school and won the title. It was a dream come true. How many second-rounders even have a chance to stick? Chicago is a great city, and if I had to leave Sacramento, this is where I'd want to be."

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