GM & HEAD COACH TRUDI LACEY SAYS...
(On the game)
It was a well played game, but it was too much (Janell) Burse and too much (Lauren) Jackson. We played hard for 40 minutes and that�s what I�m asking them to do. We have a very young team. I thought they played with a lot of heart and character, which they have done all year long. We�ve been in nearly every game and we�ve had some tough losses, but they continue to bounce back. I told them that adversity doesn�t build character, it reveals it and they have shown tremendous character. We don�t look at our record, we look at getting better every day and that�s what we�ve done through the whole season. I told them to stay encouraged. If you can be away from home and play the world champions � really it was down to the wire. They hit some shots late, but we were right there. Again, I just want them to stay encouraged.
(On Janell Burse�s game) She was the X-factor. What we wanted to do with her defensively, we just flat out didn�t get it done. Once she got on a roll, it was tough to stop her.
(On Jia Perkins� game) Jia gives us something that we don�t have, which is she can create her own shot off the dribble and give some defensive pressure. Jia is basically a rookie because she had a baby last year so only played in three games I think. She�s going to be a player in this league. It was good to see. We�re really trying to develop our young players and we�re in a rebuilding process, which makes it tough. They�re getting on-the-job training � that�s the only way they�re going to learn.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
SHERI SAM (12 points, 5 rebounds)
(On her return to Seattle and getting her ring) Getting the ring was something special. It puts some closure on last year�s championship. It�s always great to play here and having played for Seattle last year makes it more special. It�s good to come back.
(On any on-court chatter with her former teammates) Oh, it was all in fun � talking a little smack. I thought JB (Janell Burse) had a great game. That�s the type of game she�s capable of having and she�s only going to get better. I was really proud of her tonight.
JIA PERKINS (21 points, 5 assists)
(On her game and being inserted into the lineup (for Allison Feaster)) I think I had a good feeling shooting. I just wanted to go out there to help the team. I know (Allison) scores some points so I knew I had to do that and also play some defense.
(On Janell Burse�s game) She really came through for her team. We were focused on Jackson and (Sue) Bird � their main players, but it�s always good for that X-factor to make some plays and have a good game.
(On some positives to take from the game) We stayed with it. That�s what we�re trying to do � play hard every game and leave it all on the court. We need to exhaust ourselves and I know we did that today.