ON HITCHHIKING IN MOSCOW
You do it all the time. It's not dangerous. If the team driver couldn't pick us up, [teammate] Kamila Vodichkova and I would go out to the street and put our hands up. If the first car didn't stop, it was surprising. You pay 10 rubles [35 cents] for a ride of a few miles.
ON RUSSIAN MEN
I had some interesting run-ins. Somehow this guy I met got my number. He's text-messaging me using a translator where you type something in one language and it translates it. I learned there is no exact translation of anything. I'm sure this is not what this kid wanted to write but what came out was You Are the Love My Heart. I Want to Be with You.
ON FORMER UCONN TEAMMATE AND CURRENT PHOENIX MERCURY POINT GUARD DIANA TAURASI
One of the world's five best players. Her confidence and what she does for her team set her apart. She's tough. One time she posted me up and pushed me a little. I kind of flopped, and they called an offensive foul. She was like, 'Man, that's weak.' I was like, 'Hey, don't hate.'
ON HOW LONG SHE'LL PLAY
Until my knees fall off. I hope to make it until I'm 30, but say New York gets the 2012 Olympics. That would be my lofty goal, to play in the Olympics in New York City, at 32.
ON LIVING IN SEATTLE
I bought a town house here last April . I love it. At the place where I get my dry cleaning, they have my bobblehead doll on their counter. The team goes together to the same sushi restaurant, and they know us all by our first names. Everybody treats us well here. It's a close-knit community. Even the bagel place I go to, the guy gave me a free bagel for winning the championship! --As told to Richard Deitsch