Additional Quotes >> USA 100, China 62
USA head coach Geno Auriemma, University of Connecticut
When youíve only had one practice with the team and this is our first game, itís not going to look great. (China) is disciplined and (they) do their thing and make it difficult for us. I thought, like Sue and Swin said, the things that we wanted to accomplish Ė setting a tone for how this particular United States team is going to play and what weíre going to be about Ė I thought we did that.
On the 2nd quarter:
We were shuffling guys in and out, trying different things. We couldíve played eight players and looked really good doing it, but thatís not the intent of today. It took us a while to find our stride and find the right combinations that play well together.
On what needs improvement:
W e gave up too many points in the first half. But we talked about this in the locker room Ė not one player on this team was picked because theyíre a great defensive player. We have all of these good offensive players that are going to moan when we make them play defense. Defense is going to be the last thing that we get right, but as the weeks go on, weíre going to get it right.
(on the turnovers) You have an all-star team with the best players in America so they all want to prove that theyíre unselfish. So instead of taking a wide open shot they throw a stupid pass. Thatís what most of the turnovers were tonight. As they settle in, theyíll realize that itís okay to shoot the ball.
Sue Bird, Seattle Storm
For me especially, itís been great to have this training camp in Seattle. From a basketball standpoint, obviously we donít have a lot of time so itís really important to start making our identity. I think we did that. Weíre definitely going to get better, but it was a great start.
On the identities of the national teams:
I think back to 2004, I donít know that we were as deep. This team and 2008 Ö the talent is so deep. You can go out there and exert all your energy because you know that with the next person coming in, thereís going to be no dropoff. This team is very deep, a lot of lineups, a variety of things you can throw at teams and itíll probably work because the talent is there. The one thing that never changes is how selfless everyone is. Very unselfish, only want to win a gold medal, will do whatever it takes Ė that part will always remain the same.
Swin Cash, Chicago Sky
I thought it was a great start for us. Everyone came out with a lot of focus on what we wanted to get done and that was to try and build some chemistry. I thought we achieved that. We understand we have a ways to go, but this is a great first step.
On being back in Seattle:
It was good to come back and have the training camp here in Seattle. I think the fans have proven that they truly support not only the WNBA, but womenís basketball in general. For me, it was definitely a treat to be back and to play in front of all the Seattle fans.
Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever
On the game:
I thought it was a great game to get our feet wet and see where weíre at. We did good at certain times and our chemistry was definitely there, but just like with any team, we need a little time to get used to playing with each other. The potential is definitely there.
The exciting part about it is itís the beginning. This is the first time this 12-player roster has been together practicing then to play a game against a great Chinese team, and to pull away like we did, every single person on this team brought something different. When you look at going to the Olympics and getting to London, thatís something positive. If we can continue to build off of that and continue to get better, thatíll only make what we do in the end that much more memorable.
Diana Taursi, Phoenix Mercury
On the game:
We did a lot of good things. We havenít been together in two years, and after one day of practice, obviously thereís a lot to work on, but you also saw glimpses of when we were very focused and sure of ourselves. Thatís when a lot of good things were happening for us.
On what she looks forward to most about London:
It really is special the minute you get there. Itís the biggest stage, Opening Ceremonies, everything is just on a grand scale. To be able to play basketball and represent our country, it really means a lot to all of us every time we get an opportunity to do that.
China Coach Sun Fengwu:
On the game:
Todayís game was a pre-Olympic game and both teams have tickets to London. This game was a great preparation for both of the teams. I think both teams played great tonight. We tried really hard, with 100 percent effort and it will definitely be a great help for us.
How much time do you have to prepare together?
We roughly get together for 40 days of practice. Most of the girls are young girls, around 20 years old, and some of the older players are in the process of recovery and getting in shape.
In what way is your team better than four years ago?
Our team is a pretty young team. We have good size, height, and we are body conditions are pretty good. We have good shooting and our players can shoot the ball very well. But compared to the European teams our disadvantages are strength, speed, and physical contact.
What do you see from this team?
In the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games there was a great compilation of basketball talent from about 12 years. After 2008 there was a transition from old to young so this bunch of girls have great bodies, great size, but their skills in transition have to be polished more and improved. These games will be a great help to our team.
After last yearís USA trip we went back to Asia and won the Asian Championship so we have the tickets for London. These games will be a great help for our team.
Some of your players didnít play tonight. Are they injured or are you just giving the younger girls more experience?
The reason could be both. For the seniors, they need time to have their bodies recover and make sure their bodies will be in shape so it was very important for them, but at the same time the young girls itís very important to get them in the game for game experience. Some of the young girls are panicky in big games.