Minnesota Los Angeles Post-Game Quotes

WNBA Post-Game Quotes
Minnesota vs. Los Angeles
May 25, 2005 @ Target Center

Los Angeles 65
MINNESOTA 68

Minnesota Coach Suzie McConnell Serio:
"I couldn't be more proud of the effort we gave -- the way we bounced back after our loss in Houston, the focus we had getting ready for tonight's game... We know that basketball is a game of runs, and L.A. is capable of making big runs. We jumped on them early; I think our biggest lead was 18. You try to minimize the runs as much as you can, but they have so many weapons and they were able to force us to take a lot of tough shots."

"I'm very proud of the way our team maintained their composure on the floor. L.A. made that run and ended up taking a one-point lead, and at that point we had a choice: We either become frustrated with having led the whole game and giving that up, or we continue to fight."

"That's what a zone is supposed to do. It's supposed to force you to take jump shots and take away your inside game. You look at our post game and we had both centers go 1-for-5. Our guards really did a great job of being patient, because we still look to go inside and make sure our post players are touching the ball. We wanted to be patient and try to break the zone down with reversals and cutters, and not just settle for the first jump shot."

"Players made big plays. Katie Smith hit a big 'three'. Svetlana Abrosimova made the best move I've ever seen her make on that baseline reverse layup. Tamika Williams keeping the rebounds alive. Amber Jacobs getting her hand on the ball at the end of the game. Every player who stepped on that floor tonight made contributions and it was a lot of fun for all of us... To watch Amber Jacobs, after her being the leader of this team in training camp, really benefited us tonight. She was able to lead this team and execute the offense."

Minnesota Guard Katie Smith:
"We proved to people last year that in close games, we would be able to make plays and execute and get some stops and then make some scores. This is a very similar team to last year... I think Amber Jacobs came in and gave us some great minutes. I think she's very improved and she showed that."

"The first game (at Houston), a lot of the shots were in and out and I wasn't real aggressive. It's all about just getting a rhythm, and I felt really good tonight. Also as a team we played very well together -- inside-outside, running the floor, moving the ball. The flow was totally different. We played well."

Minnesota Forward Svetlana Abrosimova:
"Every time Katie releases the ball, I'm surprised if she misses it. When she gets in that zone, I don't think she'll ever miss. She saved us in the stretch."

"It (having a lead) never feels secure in this league. We've done it ourselves, being down 20 against them and then we came back and won. You can't ever be comfortable leading by 15 or 18 points. You like being there, but it never helps you."

Los Angeles Coach Henry Bibby:
"We had a chance to win tonight, but we just started the game so slow. We were not ready to play at the start, which has happened too often. It happened in the three exhibition games and the two regular-season games. We're not coming out ready to play. We've got to come out and be ready to play and be excited."

"I thought Dixon played excellent tonight. I thought Christi Thomas played excellent tonight. We had some nice bench players... We tried to be more aggressive in playing defense. We gave up way too many points -- 39 in the first half -- which was way too many. We just tried to chip away at the lead and try and get one or two points back, and that's what we did."

Los Angeles Center Lisa Leslie:
"It was a game where we just came out slow. We can't afford to do that and dig that type of hole, to be down 18. We were lucky just to get back and actually take the lead at one point... We have to be able to put together two halves. That's where we are right now, early in the season."

"Inside, I just missed some shots that I normally make. There are no excuses about that, but I can't put my head down. I've got to keep playing hard. In the second half, I was able to make some shots that I missed (earlier). Overall, we fought hard and played hard in the second half. We're not going to hang our heads, but obviously we want to win."

"Katie Smith played awesome. She shot the ball really well... You have an opportunity to knock down 5-of-8 from three-point range, that's hard to beat. She kept finding her range every time, and she really hurt us."

Los Angeles Forward Chamique Holdsclaw:
"We started off slowly and put ourselves in a position where we had to play from behind tonight. I felt we just gave it our all until the end. Smith hit some big shots down the stretch and they made some key free throws, but we had a chance. We've just got to learn from this one... chalk it up as a learning experience."

"It feels good out there. I'm just trying to fit my way into things, and see how everything is going to play out. So far, I guess, so good."

"The second half, we came out with a little better defensive intensity. We got out, we rebounded the ball, we got our transition game going. I thought that was big for us in the second half. When you play from behind, that's your focus -- to play good defense, to get steals and create havoc. I thought we did that for most of the second half."

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