GM & HEAD COACH TRUDI LACEY SAYS...
�The Sparks went on a stretch with Lisa Leslie and Chamique Holdsclaw scoring most of their points. Our team defense was better than our last game, but still needs improvement. The Sparks also went to a zone defense in the second half and that was pretty hard to combat."
�We made a lot of progress today. Our assist to turnover ratio was better than the last game. Overall, I was pleased with our effort. As a team we were more in sync. Our primary objective during the preseason is to get better and I feel that we are.�
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
�We had lapses on defense. One thing that we need to do is to get more familiar as a team, since we have so many new faces. That will come in time. "
�Our team chemistry is getting there. It�s better than the Connecticut game which is a good thing. Having these exhibition games, really helps us to achieve good overall chemistry.�
�At the end, I felt we settled on a lot of jump shots. As far as the team coming together, I�m confident that we will be ready for the regular season.�
�As far as team chemistry goes, it starts in practice. I think if we continue to practice hard, we as a team will be fine."
SPARKS FORWARD CHAMIQUE HOLDSCLAW
On the Sting:
�Charlotte�s always a great team, because they�ve always had veteran leadership with Dawn (Staley). They�re going to be a really tough team to beat this season. I think they�ve made some great offseason transactions, getting Tangela Smith and Sheri Sam, along with (Janel) McCarville, the No. 1 Draft pick. Right now they are trying to fine tune some things, just like every other team in the league. We all have a lot of veteran players coming from overseas and some are dealing with nagging injuries, so we�re all just trying to put it together.�
SPARKS CENTER LISA LESLIE
On the Sting and their changes in the offseason:
�It�s always kind of the same, because Dawn is still running the show. They�ve got a lot of players that play the same position, a lot of big girls. I like the tempo they play with and Tangela Smith does a really good job on the offensive boards. Sheri Sam always does a great job of shooting the ball, as well as on the offensive boards.�
On playing against longtime friend and USA Basketball teammate Dawn Staley:
�She does such a good job of getting other players involved and finding the open player when she is off the court you can really tell. (With a big smile) You know, Dawn Staley is great player and whenever you guys are done with her, we�d love to have her.�
|May 8, 2005
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| TAMMY SUTTON-BROWN: 13 points, 5-of-6 FGs, 6 rebounds, 1 block, 24 minutes||HUSTLE BOARD