Sheryl Swoopes
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"Sheryl Denise Swoopes" is a retired American professional basketball player and the head coach of the women's basketball team of Loyola University Chicago. She was the first player to be signed in the WNBA when it was created. She has won three Olympic Games/Olympic Gold Medals and is a three-time WNBA MVP. Frequently referred to as the "female Michael Jordan," Swoopes is famous for both her offensive and defensive skills. In 2005, she averaged 18.6 points, 85% free throws, 4.3 assist (basketball)/assists, 2.65 steal (basketball)/steals and 37.1 minutes playing time per game. In 2011, she was voted in by fans as one of the Top 15 players in WNBA history.

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For whatever reason, we can't put two halves together, ... We dug ourselves a hole in the first half and came back in the second half a completely different team.

We really wanted this game. We knew we had to come here and win two.

I got in a rhythm in the second half and everything seemed like it was going well.

It reminded me a lot of Game 1. They got out to an eight-, 10-point lead, and then we fought back. Game 1, we just couldn't get over the hump. ... (Tonight) everyone was just really determined.

We have a lot of experience and veterans on this team. As a team we are playing incredible basketball.

We want to celebrate this, ... But I told them in the locker room, we can't forget about the Sparks. We owe them something.

We really focused on trying to slow her down a little bit and making somebody else do something to beat us. The game plan we had, defensively especially, really worked.

If we play completely different in the first half, it doesn't come down to that shot and it's a different outcome.

I had a horrible game. Now our backs are against the wall. We've got to go there [Seattle] and win two.