Notes And Quotes, September 11, 2006

Detroit Shock guard and Finals MVP Deanna Nolan on winning the WNBA Title, to USA Today:
"It just felt unreal because we worked so hard and then the moment finally came and we won it all."

Detroit Shock coach Bill Laimbeer, on Deanna Nolan, to the Detroit Free Press:
"When she does want to turn it on, you can't stop her. You can't stay with her. You can't challenge her shot. She's that good."

Detroit Shock guard Katie Smith, on winning her first WNBA Championship, to the Associated Press:
“This one is special. When you are younger, you think you'll get chance after chance after chance, but now I know that's not how it works."

Detroit Shock guard Elaine Powell on winning her second WNBA title, to the Detroit Free Press :
“The first one you're just excited, you're happy. This one's more emotional because you never know when you're going to get back in this situation."

Deanna Nolan was named the 2006 WNBA Finals MVP.
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Sacramento Monarchs center Yolanda Griffith, on the Monarchs' loss in Game 5, to the Sacramento Bee:
"We have no reason to hold our heads down. It's disappointing. Some of them will hold their heads down because we had the opportunity to win this. We made some crucial mistakes."

Sacramento Monarchs coach John Whisenant, on Game 5, to the Sacramento Bee:
“We lost our serve in Sacramento. We had our chance."

Sacramento Monarchs guard Ticha Penicheiro, on the team's performance in Game 5, to the Sacramento Bee :
“We started panicking, making bad decisions. We made mistakes defensively, too. It's the same thing we did in Game 2."

Shock coach Bill Laimbeer, on Katie Smith, to ESPN.com:
“Consistency -- she has that every game, every practice. She's feisty at times, no question about it. She'll speak her mind, and we'll listen and we'll take it. But she's fun to be around."

Detroit Shock forward Swin Cash, on winning another WNBA Championship, to the Detroit News:
"Whatever happened in the past doesn't matter. Just put another championship by my name."

Monarchs coach John Whisenant, on the team's plans for the offseason, to the Sacramento Bee:
"We have a number of free agents. You really don't know what the final decisions are until contracts are offered and signed. It's the American way to check out all your options."

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