Things said and heard around the WNBA this week

WNBA Notes and Quotes: May 29-June 3

"I can guarantee whether we're up 10 or down 10 we're going to make it exciting at the end."
• Liberty coach Pat Coyle after New York topped Phoenix 83-82 on Sunday after being down by 12 early in the second quarter

"This is a team, in the true sense of the word. We've been saying that and you'll continue to see that. You will see different people stepping up at different times. It is hard for me rotation wise, because they're all good. You never know on any given night who is going to give off a spark and who is going to energize us and who is going to give us the next big play. You have to love that about this team."
• Monarchs Coach Jenny Boucek on Saturday night's win over the Sparks

"They are champions and champions find a way to win. That's what they did, but I'm very proud of our effort and we're going to keep our heads up and we are going to keep fighting until we get a win. I think we'll go on a roll then."
• Houston coach Karleen Thompson after Detroit came back from a nine-point deficit to defeat the winless Comets

"That's what we hang our hats on. We don't talk about it. We talk about our offensive weapons and our great players, but defense and rebounding is where we hang our hats on a dirty night, and tonight was definitely a dirty night."
• Detroit Shock coach Bill Laimbeer on his team's defense against Houston

"It was won by defense. Whatever has been bad was really good today."
• Connecticut coach Mike Thibault on his team's performance in Saturday's home win over Phoenix

"It makes the game easier when you're not down 20 points every night."
• Sun guard Lindsay Whalen on not falling behind in the game against the Mercury

"We just want you to bear with us through the changes. It's a metamorphosis right now."
• Mystics forward DeLisha Milton-Jones, addressing the home crowd in Washington on Friday after coach Richie Adubato stepped down earlier in the day, to the Washington Post

"I was looking for a vote of confidence and it wasn't there. I was looking for some security. Obviously, [management] feels they can reach that championship level a little faster than I do."
• Former Mystics coach Richie Adubato after stepping down on Friday, to the Washington Times

"We can't give up right now. We've got to continue to play."
• Lynx guard Seimone Augustus, after Friday night's loss to New York, which dropped the team to 0-6, in which she had 18 points despite being ill and needing to receive fluids through an IV at halftime, to ESPN.com.

"She was mad at herself after the last couple of games. And she just kind of calmed down and made shot after shot. And she … just put on a show for the fans."
• Sun coach Mike Thibault about Asjha Jones after her 31-point performance Thursday against the Sky, to the Hartford Courant

"It was the head coach's fault. It was her first home game and the list I have didn't have her on there and when we realized it, it was too late."
• Sky coach Bo Overton after having to sit out starting center Chasity Melvin against the Sun because the coaching staff forgot to put her name on the team's active list an hour before game time, to the Chicago Sun-Times

"Offensively, they're just a handful."
• Silver Stars coach Dan Hughes after a 97-85 loss to the Mercury on Thursday, to the San Antonio Express-News

"Turner is the kind of player who doesn't have to be the most talented player on the floor because she has so much fight in her. We need someone with that tough attitude and grit on this team."
• Comets coach Karleen Thompson on the signing of free agent Barbara Turner

"You need something to ignite the team, so getting thrown out was the perfect medicine. So I'll be looking to do that a lot more. Not!"
• Mercury star Diana Taurasi after her ejection in Phoenix's 76-75 home victory over the Monarchs on Tuesday

"Everybody is good -- everybody's the best. In college, you can scout and say, 'Hey this girl, she's not that good.' But everybody's good. You have to bring your 'A' game every day."
• Liberty rookie Shay Doron on the step up in talent in coming from college to the WNBA, to the (N.J.) Herald News

"That's a significant number of people saying, 'We want to do this.' There is no team yet in Atlanta, so to have that type of interest on a concept of having a team brought to the city I think is unmatched."
• Atlanta City Council president Lisa Borders of the reported 1,100 people who have pledged to purchase season tickets if a team comes to the city, to the Associated Press

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