Things said and heard around the WNBA this weekend

Notes and Quotes: June 6-7, 2009

“I’m going to be the Jack Nicholson of the L.A. Sparks.”
- Hip hop artist Snoop Dogg on becoming the team’s biggest celebrity fan.

"It is a family outing for us. We want to come see Lisa Leslie and all of the Sparks play. Everyone is going to the NBA Finals, we wanted to come to something that is less about what fans are at the game, and more about the game."
- Hip hop artist Snoop Dogg on attending Sparks games following the Sparks' 78-58 win over the Detroit Shock

“That is why we went and got Betty Lennox. I told Betty when she first got here that she could average a triple double. She has some great people to pass to, also. Betty Lennox is always in attack mode.”
- Sparks head coach Michael Cooper on the acquisition of Betty Lennox

“I’ve said all along that I expect them to come out of the West and us to come out of the East. And I think they’re thinking the same thing.”
- Shock head coach Bill Laimbeer after their opening day loss to the Sparks

“It is an absolute pleasure to come watch four-time gold-medalist, Lisa Leslie, and the rest of her compadres as they pound the Detroit Shock.”
- Former football player Warren Sapp on attending Saturday's Sparks-Shock

“I’m excited for our franchise. I love this team. I think we can get better and better and this is a great start for us. I was happy for them (the players) in particular.”
- Mystics head coach Julie Plank after Saturday 82-70 win over Connecticut, her first win as a head coach in the WNBA

“I was excited to start playing. I had a really good time in training camp and I thought we would do well but it is a lot faster up tempo game and a lot more physical. I think just the confidence the coaches and my teammates have in me. In practice for them to be reinforcing for me to be confident, I think that (my play) is a credit to my teammates and the coaching staff.”
- Mystics rookie Marissa Coleman on her first game in the WNBA, in which she scored a team-high 16 points

“Our goal is to get to the playoffs. In the past we have struggled a lot, this whole franchise and we finally turned a corner. This is only one game so you don’t want to get too high but we are confident and poised and we are going to continue to work and reach our goal and that is to make the playoffs.”
- Mystics forward Monique Currie on the upcoming season

“I thought Bonner’s inclusion was huge for them. (Diana) Taurasi and (Cappie) Pondexter are great players but Bonner was the wild card to me that I thought was the difference in the game.”
- Silver Stars head coach Dan Hughes on the play of Phoenix rookie DeWanna Bonner after a 90-79 loss to the Mercury

“We had some silly turnovers and missed some chippy shots. You can’t do that with this team, they are too good offensively and they made us pay with every mistake in the last five minutes”
- Silver Stars guard Becky Hammon on the loss to the Mercury

“You can’t put too much into a first game but at the same time we’ve been on the other end of a first game so it’s kind of nice to be on the side where last year when things weren’t going well it was a downward spiral, we could never really stop it.”
- Mercury G/F Diana Taurasi on winning the season opener

“It isn’t about sneaking up on people this year. We have a target on our back. The league is better. Every team in this league became better. The parity is unbelievable. You have to win at home. That is the bottom line.”
- Liberty head coach Pat Coyle on the outlook from last year’s team to this year

“I was surprised if you saw my face, you know I just threw it and I didn’t think it would go in. I kind of threw it up there. It was good though; it gave us the lead going into halftime.”
- Liberty point guard Leilani Mitchell on her reaction to her 55-foot buzzer beater at the end of the first half against Connecticut on Sunday

“We didn’t plan on starting 0-2. But we’re going to come back tomorrow and work hard and not dwell on it. We have got 32 more games to play this year. We could run off 15 in a row, you just never know. We are not going to worry about these two games.”
- Fever center Yolanda Griffith on her team’s 0-2 start to the season

“There’s no rest for the weary in the league this year. There’s absolutely no margin for error. If you don’t show up playing your “A” game, you’re going to get beat. And that’s exciting for the fans, I think, but frustrating when you’re in the learning process because we all want to win.
- Monarchs coach Jenny Boucek on her team’s upcoming back-to-back with Phoenix after losing both games of a back-to-back with Seattle

“She still wows me now and then. Her consistency is truly amazing. She was dropping some dimes tonight so I have to give her kudos for that with some great passes. So that’s new.”
- Storm point guard Sue Bird on teammate Lauren Jackson

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