Things said and heard around the WNBA this week

Notes and Quotes: August 13-19

"My whole eyeball was out and I just felt it on my cheek and I blacked out for a minute. I have three scratches on my cornea, so it's not anything very serious. I can still play."
Chicago's Chasity Melvin on an eye injury she suffered during the Sky's 77-65 win over New York, to the Chicago Tribune

"It was a hard-fought game on both ends. Both teams played really hard but we just had some mental breakdowns and let them win."
•San Antonio's Becky Hammon on Wednesday night's 81-74 loss to Sacramento

"Obviously this wasn't the season we wanted; it wasn't as many wins as we wanted. But for right now, it definitely makes you feel good."
•Minnesota's Nicole Ohlde on beating Detroit 87-77, to the Star Tribune

"We were playing uphill so early on. It's tough in this league to trail by 20 points and catch up."
•Houston's Tamecka Dixon on failing to overcome a rough first quarter in their 81-70 loss to the Chicago Sky, to the Houston Chronicle

"I won't really appreciate it until I'm finished playing. I mean, it's a great accomplishment. But that's pretty much it."
San Antonio's Vickie Johnson on reaching 1,000 assists

"She has worked really hard to get better this year, and I know it's been tough for her to be watching from the sidelines. I don't know if she will be playing on Sunday, but I really hope she is."
•Houston's Coach Karleen Thompson on the possibility of Sheryl Swoopes playing Sunday after being sidelined for the season, to the Houston Chronicle. Swoopes did not play.

"We made way too many mistakes at the start, and let them get some threes that we were trying to take away. I think that this gave them confidence, which allowed them to continue to hit big shots. Ashley Battle's shot with one second left on the shot clock finished us off. They are a good team and that is why they have a chance to be in the Playoffs now."
•Connecticut coach Mike Thibault on the Sun's 74-66 Friday night loss to the New York Liberty

"We had great shots and we were able to create a lot of open shots. We were able to run the ball and we played the way we are capable of playing. If we do that, it's very hard to stop us."
•Phoenix's Cappie Pondexter on defeating Sacramento 101-91 Friday night

"It's bittersweet because we have to wait and see what Chicago and New York do. I'm very proud of the way they came back in the second half. Down 11, they played their hearts out and left everything on the court. It's a great way to end the season, if it is over for us. I was really happy with the effort and to beat Connecticut on their home court with a sellout crowd. It doesn't get much better than that."
•Washington head coach Tree Rollins on defeating Connecticut 76-74 on Sunday afternoon

"It's about us, and it's about us getting the job done. I'm really proud of our players. Being such a young team that's in this environment, we could've easily had it go the other way. They stuck together. Shameka (Christon) and Janel (McCarville), all of them, down the stretch made the plays to get us into the Playoffs."
•New York coach Pat Coyle on beating Chicago 58-52 to clinch the fourth postseason spot in the East

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