Notes and Quotes, July 31, 2006

Connecticut Sun coach Mike Thibault, on the Sun's 72-65 win over the San Antonio Silver Stars, to the Hartford Courant:
"My coaches made a good point. They said we expended a lot of emotional energy Friday and when you do that, it also takes it out of you physically. It showed tonight. We've been on a pretty good roll. A week from now, nobody will ask if it was pretty or not. It just shows up as a win."

Washington Mystics center Chasity Melvin, on her team clinching a playoff berth, to the Washington Post:
"Our goal is not to just make the playoffs. We want to go far in the playoffs and I think we have some good tests coming up against a lot of good teams."

Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie, on Betty Lennox of the Storm passing up a tying three-pointer to make a layup and try to draw a foul , to The Los Angeles Times:
“I was like, 'Oh, you can have two. I thought she was going to make that pass, but she didn't. It was clearly a mistake on her part."

Seattle Storm guard Betty Lennox, on the Storm's 71-70 loss to the Sparks on Sunday, to the Seattle Times:
“It's very disappointing and it definitely doesn't come down to that last shot. ... We just didn't execute down the stretch."

Erin Thorn and the New York Liberty have won three straight games.
Warren Skalski/NBAE/Getty Images
New York Liberty guard Erin Thorn, on her recent play, to the Associated Press:
“I've been feeling good the last three or four games. 'We took up half the season with a new group of people, and are now getting used to playing with each other.''

Sacramento Monarchs forward Yolanda Griffith on dealing with injuries during the season, to the Sacramento Bee:
“I was hurt the whole season last year. It doesn't matter who you have. Everybody's up for injuries. I had a swollen knee in the championship. It's just things nobody knew about. You just tie up your shoes and go play. That's it. Injuries occur. "

Chicago Sky forward Candice Dupree, on the team's 79-65 win over the Lynx on Friday night, to the Chicago Sun-Times:
“We needed this bad. Team morale was starting to drop a little bit.''

Indiana Fever coach Brian Winters, on Tan White's play off the bench and it's effect on team chemistry, to the Indianapolis Star:
“Every team not only needs continuity in their starting group, they need people off the bench who come in and make a difference. Give you energy. Just make things happen. And Tan has that ability."

Minnesota Lynx forward Nicole Ohlde, on the Lynx's problems with turnovers, to the St. Paul Pioneer Press:
"We still have turnovers, that is true. It is something we have to fix. That is the bottom line.''

Sacramento Monarchs coach John Whisenant, on the Connecticut Sun, to the Hartford Courant:
“We think Nykesha is one of their better players and they've got five All-Stars. It's a tribute to how well-coached they are and how good their other players are. It's impressive. They're a good bunch."

More »

Video

Elena Delle Donne Hits the Game Winner!

Watch as Elena Delle Donne hits the bucket to seal the victory for the Sky, advancing Chicago to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Shoni Schimmel Makes the Precision Pass to Hayes!

Shoni Schimmel goes "showtime" with this laser accurate pass to Tiffany Hayes, who converts the alley-oop layup.

Delle Donne's Career Night

Elena Delle Donne leads the Sky to a comeback win over the Dream with a career-high 34 points as well as the game-winner.

Postgame: Cooper and Lyttle

Michael Cooper and Sancho Lyttle address the media following a disappointing Game 3 loss to the Sky.

Postgame: Chatman and Delle Donne

Pokey Chatman and Elena Delle Donne address the media following the Sky's huge comeback and series win over the Dream.