Notes and Quotes, July 24, 2006

Former Minnesota Lynx coach Suzie McConnell Serio, who resigned as head coach on Sunday, to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:
"But for the most part, it's been a great experience. It just ended on a sour note. I have no regrets, no bitterness."

New York Liberty forward Catherine Kraayeveld on keys to success for the Liberty, to the New York Post:
"We're a good team. We're struggling right now, but it's just that we have to come out better. That's it. We haven't come out well in the first quarter of our games, and that affects us the rest of the game. We have to come out better as a team. "

Connecticut Sun coach Mike Thibault, on his coaching philosophy, to The New London Day:
“Our team expects to win every night. I don't allow for excuses.”

Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird, who will be a free agent after this season, to the New York Newsday:
“I'm very happy in Seattle. I love the city and the fans."

Sheri Sam and the Charlotte Sting are 4-1 since the All-Star break.
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Sacramento Monarchs forward Erin Beuscher, on the Monarchs' winning streak, to the Sacramento Bee:
“It takes time to get our systems right. But things are progressing. We're starting to peak."

Connecticut Sun guard Katie Douglas, on rumors about her future plans, to the Norwich Bulletin:
“I'm just trying to stay focused and my loyalty, 100 percent, is here in Connecticut. And I'm here to hopefully help win a WNBA championship this year and after that we'll see what happens."

Charlotte Sting forward Sheri Sam, on the Sting's current mindset, to the Charlotte Observer:
“It's about having clear heads. What happened in the first part of the season is all over with, and we now have a different mentality, taking care of the things we can control, and making things happen for us."

Houston Comets guard Dawn Staley, on Lisa Leslie's marriage and it's effect on her play, to USA Today:
“Sometimes when you get married, it settles you, and you can focus in on the things you need to focus on. Michael allows her to just play and not worry about anything else."

Seattle Storm coach Anne Donovan, on the Seattle Storm's sale to an Oklahoma City-based ownership group, to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
"It would be a very dark day if the teams were to leave Seattle. Oklahoma City supported the NBA very well with the Hornets playing some games there, but I don't know if it's viable to think they can support the women's team."

Detroit Shock coach Bill Laimbeer, on the Shock's loss to the Charlotte Sting, to the Detroit Free Press:
“Our concentration was just not there. We came to play basketball, we didn't come to play a playoff game of basketball, and that's what Charlotte's playing right now."

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