Things said and heard around the WNBA this week

Notes and Quotes: June 22-28

"My teammates have done it. Tina Thompson came back the same season she delivered her son. Lisa Leslie waited a year. They're still at the top of their game. I don't think it's going to be easy, by any means, but I think it's possible to come back better than I was. I understand my body a lot more. I focus a lot more on stretching and taking care of myself."
- Sparks forward Candace Parker about returning to the WNBA after pregnancy in a Time Magazine Q&A.

"After the injury, the first two days I probably cried more than I ever have in my life. It's tough to watch the game, but after the New York win, I know they're out there playing for me, just trying to make me happy."
- Lynx forward Seimone Augustus, speaking with the media for the first time since her knee injury.

"It's helped with the process of having a new coach, but also the team chemistry as a whole. It usually takes a little longer for teams to jell at the beginning of the season. But for us, we're familiar with each other, and that's made the process easier."
- Mystics guard Alana Beard told ESPN.com about the advantages of playing with former collegiate teammates Lindsey Harding and Monique Currie.

�Katie Douglas�just went off. She was 0 for 9 in the first half and once she hit a shot or two we really got her the ball, we were really milking her. There is no way we can take Katie Douglas out, because she was so hot. There was one time I thought about taking her out, but then she hit a three.�
- Fever head coach Lin Dunn on the play of Katie Douglas, who had 28 second-half points in the Fever's win over New York on Friday night.

�I haven�t been here but a year in a half, but from what I remember coaching against her I don�t know if she�s played any better than she�s playing right now.�
- Storm head coach Brian Agler on the early season play of Lauren Jackson.

�She didn�t even hit the rim on most of those shots. She was swishing it nearly every time, so you knew she had it going. Two days ago in practice, we did a shooting drill and she won every spot but one. She had it going then and she carried it into tonight�s game.�
- Sun guard Lindsay Whalen on the performance of teammate Erin Phillips (6-of-8 FG, 4-5 3PT) after Connecticut's 82-68 win over Atlanta on Saturday.

�Asjha is a great face up player. She went out there and played her game tonight. She is an All-Star caliber player and she willed her team to the win.�
- Dream forward Chamique Holdsclaw on the play of Asjha Jones (24 pts, 12 reb) after Connecticut's 82-68 win over Atlanta on Saturday.

�We want our fans to feel special here. We want to feel special here and we want our guests to feel unwelcome here. And if we continue to play the basketball that we're playing here, we'll accomplish that."
- Sky head coach Steven Key to the Chicago Daily Herald after Chicago improved to 4-0 at home this season for its best home start ever.

�Again, championships are won on the road and obviously we haven�t fared well, but it is nice to have home games and play extremely well. That�s our saving factor right now."
- Sparks head coach Michael Cooper following the Sparks' home win over Seattle on Sunday to improve their home mark to 3-0. The Sparks are 0-5 on the road this season.

�LA played amazing, they were very physical. It was a bit of a beating but we needed it though.�
- Storm forward Lauren Jackson on the Sparks performance after losing to Los Angeles 82-55 on Sunday.

�It�s always good to get a �W� because it�s been aggravating losing four in a row and it�s important for the players to keep a high level of intensity and the players did a good job of doing this.�
- Shock head coach Rick Mahorn on getting his first win on Sunday.

�Disappointment, some frustration. We�re just trying to find a way where we can turn things around and win some games. We got a lot of experienced players so we can turn it around but we also know that if you get to far behind it�s going to be hard to make a push at the end. We�re trying to win some games on this road trip.�
- Monarchs guard Kara Lawson on the mood of the team following their loss to the Shock on Sunday, which dropped them to 1-7 on the season.

"Our staple and our identity has been resurrected this year on the defensive end."
- Katie Douglas told the Indianapolis Star after Saturday's win over New York, the Fever's sixth straight win.