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Women's Hoops

The latest news and analysis on college and pro women's basketball.

August 15, 2006 at 4:17 PM

Talking shop

The WNBA playoff coaches held a teleconference for media today and although some are already looking to the Sacramento-Houston series to be a classic, the matchup against No. 2 seed Detroit and No. 3 seed Indiana might have bumped its intrigue factor after the round of interviews.
While Fever coach Brian Winters answered a question about Shock coach Bill Laimbeer use of persuasion in hounding officials, Laimbeer was apparently placed on the line, the “on deck” coach about to speak. Laimbeer overheard Winters’ comment, “I can get in their [the officials] heads, too. I don’t necessarily enjoy it, but if that’s what it takes to win…”
Laimbeer must have had a good laugh while on hold because when asked for his opening statement, he opened his call with, “Just trying to get in the heads of the referees!”
Laimbeer and Houston coach Van Chancellor also revealed the most during the interviews. Laimbeer, whose team won the 2003 title, said his team has new offensive and defensive sets, “so people couldn’t scout them.” And Chancellor provided a closing statement, telling the reporters extending the nation that, “Diana Taurasi is the real deal, people.”
Taurasi, who led the league in scoring (25.3), averaged 37.3 points on 48.7 percent shooting (40-for-82) against Houston this summer. Of course the Comets won the series 2-1.

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