Things said and heard around the WNBA this week

Notes and Quotes: June 16-22, 2008

"They played a hell of a game. They played really well. We played really bad, and that combination equals minus 33 (points). Today, we just couldn't get anything going either way. We couldn't get stops. We didn't take anything away. They got whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted it."
- Diana Taurasi after her Mercury's 33-point loss Sunday against the Liberty in New York

"First of all I'd like to thank all the fans who come out every single night and support us. We go to a different city every night and their fans have nothing on our fans. We have the best fans in the WNBA. We are going to get that monkey off our backs soon."
-Dream guard Ivory Latta on the support of the fans in Atlanta, despite the team's 0-13 start to the season

"It's one of those nights when the shots are falling. It's hard to stop someone when you're in a zone like that."
- Shock guard Deanna Nolan after her 44-point night against Minnesota on Friday, to the Detroit News

"People laugh when I say this but when I'm on the floor, I have to remind myself not to just watch them (laughs). That is how good they are. They are just amazing players and I've never played with teammates as talented as they are. Watch out, that's all I can say. We're a really dynamic team but having them on it makes us that much better."
- Mercury center Barbara Farris on playing with teammates Cappie Pondexter and Diana Taurasi

"I just think we did not have it. We could not get it going, and I don't know why we had absolutely none of our energy."
- Monarchs coach Jenny Boucek after her team's 72-56 loss on Friday to Connecticut, to the Sacramento Bee

"I don't know who those people were on the court in the first 20 minutes of the game; I have no clue who they were. They had Mystics uniforms on but I have no idea who they were, not with 15 turnovers and 22 points in a half of basketball."
- Mystics coach Tree Rollins on the difference between the first and second halves in Washington's win Friday over Atlanta

"I think we ran tonight. What helped was the rebounding, but what also helped was that I didn't call any plays. They were just pushing it-pushing it down. We just went off their energy. When you call plays, it makes them go slower. So I'll take the hit on that one - maybe I was calling too many sets. They're good enough to pass and make plays on their own without sets. And then if someone is hot, I called plays for her, but other than that, I just let them go. It's hard to defend if there's no play, because there's no defense for no play - you can't set up something to defend it."
- Phoenix coach Corey Gaines after the Mercury's win Wednesday over the Sun

"We're kind of the Celtics of the WNBA, so maybe that's a good omen for us."
- Seattle point guard Sue Bird on the Storm's veteran offseason pickups of All-Stars Swin Cash, Yolanda Griffith and Sheryl Swoopes, to the Seattle Times

"It was funny because we talked about the Celtics (on Wednesday) -- we talked about what a great defensive team they were, how tough they were and how well they rebounded and then how well they shared the basketball. I said, 'Why don't we be like the Celtics?' Maybe they listened."
- Fever coach Lin Dunn after a 83-69 Fever victory Wednesday night over the Liberty at Conseco Fieldhouse, to the Indianapolis Star

"It breaks your back. You work hard to get the layup, and then to not finish it, it just knocks the wind out of your sails."
- Atlanta forward/center Stacey Lovelace after the Dream lost to the Silver Stars on Wednesday. The Dream struggled from the floor, hitting just 36.1 percent of their shots, 18.2 percent of their 3-point shots and missed nearly a dozen layups, to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"It was difficult for me to envision myself playing for Russia. I had stereotypes and perceptions that I had to get over. Growing up in the '80s, after I saw the movie Red Dawn, I slept in my parents' bedroom for months because I thought the Russians were going to invade the USA."
- Becky Hammon on being eligible to play for Russia in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, to USA TODAY

"I can't say definitely yes, but I want to win a gold medal. Who wouldn't want to win a gold medal to add to their resume? I wish Becky the best of luck. I hope she gets a good chance of winning a gold medal because that's all of our dreams."
- Atlanta guard Betty Lennox, on whether or not she would play for another country in the Olympics and supporting Becky Hammon's decision to play for Russia, to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Essence has this look about her on defense. She's like, 'No, no. I'm here. You're not scoring on me.' "
- Shameka Christon after rookie teammate Essence Carson forced Candice Wiggins into a tough shot at the final buzzer in the Liberty's 77-76 win over the Lynx on Sunday, to the New York Post

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