Notes And Quotes, July 4, 2006

Connecticut Sun coach Mike Thibault, on his mindset regarding the Sun, to the Norwich Bulletin:
I don't feel it yet; don't think we're there yet. I don't know that anybody's there yet. I see teams going up and down. And I don't know that you want to peak now, but I don't want bad habits to set in. That's my biggest concern. Whether it's fouls or rebounds or turnovers, or whatever it is, those are things that win playoff games. Don't get in the habit of being careless with those things now. And that's why I stay agitated."

Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie, on the Sparks' 85-63 loss on Monday to San Antonio, to the San Antonio Express News:
“San Antonio just outplayed us on both ends of the floor," Leslie said. "You could see this coming. We've been on a mudslide. We won the last two games but not very well. Our effort wasn't there. It was kind of lackadaisical."

Houston Comets guard Tamecka Dixon, on the Comets upcoming road game in Los Angeles on Wednesday, to the Houston Chronicle:
"It's important for us to get one (win) on the road, and I think in the league everybody's been struggling when they go on the road," Dixon said. "It's very important for us to get rid of that trend and start doing things the right way on the road."

San Antonio Silver Stars coach Dan Hughes, on the play of Katie Feenstra, to the San Antonio Express News :
"We have needed her play near the basket. Her play has been incredibly impactful, and it's been great to see."

Comets guard Sheryl Swoopes, on the Comets 77-62 victory over the Sacramento Monarchs, to the Houston Comets:
"I think we really wanted to establish our inside game early, whether that was with Tina (Thompson) or Michelle. You know, open it up for us on the outside. I thought Dawn did an incredible job of feeding (Snow) and getting the ball to her in a position where she could score. She didn't have to do anything with it but catch it and put it up, and I thought that was huge."

Mercury guard Diana Taurasi, on the play of Penny Taylor in her first game back with the Mercury, to the Arizona Republic:
“(Taylor) looked really good. For coming off a 12-hour flight, to step in and play the way she did, she did really well."

Connecticut Sun forward Nykesha Sales, on the Sun's loss to the Detroit Shock, to the Hartford Courant:
““Nothing went right for me, personally," Sales said. "You just have those days sometimes. For the most part, we were still in it, regardless. Detroit was making shots, getting fouls, making free throws and we weren't making shots. I had some good looks; it just didn't go in."

Detroit Shock guard Katie Smith, on her team's outlook for the rest of the season, to the Hartford Courant:
“I like what we have. We're still trying to work out the kinks sometimes, but as long as we play hard, we'll be in every ballgame."

Houston Comets assistant coach Karleen Thompson on the potential of Michelle Snow, to the Houston Chronicle:
“I always thought, 'Golly, this girl is just a diamond in the rough.' Not saying that nobody else was doing that. But as a coach, you're seeing that potential, and you just want to polish it up a little bit."

Seattle Storm guard Betty Lennox, on her recent play, to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
“I know Betty had this in her. This is Betty that you guys haven't seen before, but I'm really just having fun. I know that I can do these things."

San Antonio Silver Stars guard Vickie Johnson, on leaving the New York Liberty, to the New York Daily News:
“New York wanted to get younger, and I certainly wasn't getting any younger. There are some great players in this league and I guess the Liberty wanted to rebuild."

Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie, on the Sparks' 85-63 loss on Monday to San Antonio, to the San Antonio Express News:
“San Antonio just outplayed us on both ends of the floor," Leslie said. "You could see this coming. We've been on a mudslide. We won the last two games but not very well. Our effort wasn't there. It was kind of lackadaisical."

Houston Comets guard Tamecka Dixon, on the Comets upcoming road game in Los Angeles on Wednesday, to the Houston Chronicle:
"It's important for us to get one (win) on the road, and I think in the league everybody's been struggling when they go on the road," Dixon said. "It's very important for us to get rid of that trend and start doing things the right way on the road."

Connecticut Suncoach Mike Thibault, on his mindset regarding the Sun, to the Norwich Bulletin:
I don't feel it yet; don't think we're there yet. I don't know that anybody's there yet. I see teams going up and down. And I don't know that you want to peak now, but I don't want bad habits to set in. That's my biggest concern. Whether it's fouls or rebounds or turnovers, or whatever it is, those are things that win playoff games. Don't get in the habit of being careless with those things now. And that's why I stay agitated." ."

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