Postgame Quotes: June 17, 2004

Monarchs 60, Lynx 50
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Lynx Coach Suzie McConnell Serio
"The stats don't lie. We had 25 turnovers, and they had 25 points off those turnovers. That was about half their points. We didn't shoot the ball well, we didn't take care of the ball, and we didn't rebound the ball well. We knew coming in that offensive rebounding is one of their strengths, yet we gave up 13. They had far too many second chances."

"We look like a team that's struggling in every area. We couldn't get the ball inside. Look at our starting post player, Tamika Williams. She only went 1-for-1. We had no flow, no unity and no cohesiveness. I don't have an answer why. We'll have to watch film, talk about it, and then learn and regroup."

"We have to make better passes. Give the Sacramento defense a great deal of credit. They took away our strengths. They made it very difficult to make entry passes. We just don't handle the pressure very well. We practice against each other and against guys. We're just not able to simulate the kind of pressure that teams apply in game situations."

"A lot of it is mental right now. We've only had one game in 11 days. We feel like we've been practicing forever. It's been like a mini-training camp again. We've done a lot to prepare for these two games. I think we need to take better care of ourselves. It's frustrating — very frustrating. I felt that in the second half of the Phoenix game, we got into a rhythm and executed well. Then we had a layoff and headed to L.A., where we struggled. Then we took two days off and then three more days of practice. Now we are completely out of sync."

"We made stops. Overall, we played great defense. Our goal every night is to challenge every shot, and they had very few open looks. We made them earn it. We had to put them at the free-throw line at the end. The margin was not indicative of the game. I thought that it was really a struggle at both ends. We have too many experienced players, that have succeeded at every level, to allow a team to frustrate us like that."



Lynx Guard Katie Smith
"We had our opportunities, and they play a little different than some people. They front, but you have to reverse (the ball). It's there if you're patient, but we need to reverse it... They are long and they crash the boards hard. They come over your back, and when you box out, they're still there to get it. We have to do a better job of getting the loose balls and getting boards. That's something we have to concentrate on. We've got to get more aggressive and get the rebounds."

"We dared (Penicheiro) to shoot it. I think that's what a lot of people do to her. Taking a 'three' is not a bad gamble, but she has knocked them down before. It was a big bucket, and it kind of put the game out of reach at that point."



Lynx Forward Stacey Lovelace-Tolbert
"Fifteen total field goals... I mean, we've just got to do a better job rebounding. We need a better all-around performance — shooting the ball, rebounding, just everything. They just outplayed us tonight. It was bad."



Lynx Guard Teresa Edwards
"They have the type of players that swarm the boards. They do what they have to do to get the boards on the offensive end, and they have done it time and time again. We have to do a better job of boxing out and not relying on the refs... They worked their butts off. That's their M.O. That's what they do. And we knew that, so it's not like it was a surprise. I thought they did a good job in the passing lanes, but we helped them out a lot."





Monarchs Coach John Whisenant
"We've struggled — obviously, by our record — offensively from the get-go. That's gotten us sidetracked with what we can do — play defense and rebound... We still struggled offensively tonight. You can't will the ball in the basket, but sometimes intensity and determination can make you play defensively and rebound well. I was proud of my ladies tonight... That's what our defense is supposed to do for us. It hasn't been doing that because, quite honestly, we haven't played consistently well defensively."

"We tried to shut down Minnesota inside, and then still contend Katie, Lassiter — their perimeter shooters — Teresa Edwards and the whole bunch of them. Katie is an Olympian and she's an All-Star for a reason. She gets it going. I had somebody on her every minute. I told them their only job — I didn't care whether they scored — was to make her earn every point. Don't let her have anything easy. She still scored 16 points. She's still a good player."



Monarchs Guard Ticha Penicheiro
"We've had some hard times in Minnesota in the past. They thought they got our number, but we're just glad we got the win tonight... Right now I don't feel any pain. When you win, you don't feel any pain. Tomorrow when I wake up, I'll probably be walking like I'm 90 years old."

"(Forcing turnovers) is our bread and butter. We're trying to be more consistent with our defense. Sometimes we have great spurts, and then we look terrible at times. We're just trying to be more consistent for 40 minutes, and we're trying to feed off our defense to create opportunities on offense. Tonight, for the most part, our defense was on, and we gave them some problems to score."



Monarchs Forward Yolanda Griffith
"Defense was the key tonight. We had a team meeting before the game, and we all talked about how we were sick of losing. We viewed this as our 'turning-point-of-the-season' game. Although it was a struggle at times, everybody in this locker room is overjoyed that we pulled this game out."

"I think our length really frustrated them inside. They'd get by our guards, but then we'd step out and shut them down — and I think that forced a lot of their turnovers... They spoiled our home opener, so we wanted to come out and beat them on their court."



Monarchs Guard Kara Lawson
"This is a big win for our team. We really needed this one. We have really been struggling to play as a full unit. Tonight, I felt — for one of the first times all year — we were really clicking all game. When you force a team into 25 turnovers, you know you're doing something right."

"Our defense was key tonight on Katie Smith. I think our length really frustrated her. We knew she was going to get her points. We just wanted to contest every shot she took, because even the good players aren't going to make them all."



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