September 14, 2005
Sacramento 69, Connecticut 65
Here is what the players and coaches had to say after the game:
Katie Douglas, Connecticut Sun: It was definitely important for us to get off to a good start. You never want to open up a series, especially in the WNBA Finals, at your place and lose. Sacramento came out hungry and they came up with bigger plays at the end and we canít hang our heads too low because we got to come back out in another 24 hours and be ready to play in Game 2.
Nicole Powell, Sacramento Monarchs: People just came in and made plays. When the score is so close, it comes down to the little things like Chelsea (Newton) hitting those free throws and Kara (Lawson) hitting that three. I really think both teams know each other very well, so its executing plays in the end.
Lindsay Whalen, Connecticut Sun: We were 13-1 against the West, so Iím pretty confident that we can win on the road. Obviously we wanted to win tonight, but it happens, you lose a game at home, it was that way tonight. Now tomorrow, we got to go back, re-evaluate and be ready to come and play. Obviously we would have liked to have won, and weíre disappointed right now, but at the same time Iím confident going into tomorrow.
Coach John Whisenant, Sacramento Monarchs: Lindsay obviously was in pain, and I was really concerned the one time under the basket in front of our bench, I thought she had reinjured it. She's a determined young lady.
Coach Mike Thibault, Connecticut Sun: We were on target to do what we needed to do. It's just when you end up with Sacramento shooting 67 field goal attempts and we shot 56, basketball becomes very black and white to me a lot of times. There's not a lot of gray area in some areas, and turnovers were very specific to me. The game was lost by turning the ball over.
Nykesha Sales, Connecticut Sun: A couple of the shots that we got, which were good looks but they didn't go in, and then on the other side, they were getting no shots but they were more around the basket, so those were high percentage shots and they were falling.
Yolanda Griffith, Sacramento Monarchs: It's a privilege to be in The Finals. This is our first time. We don't feel our backs are against the wall. Both teams are No. 1. They are No. 1 in the East and we're No. 1 in the West.