2004 WNBA Playoffs: Round 1, Game 2
Monday, Sept. 27, 2004
Storm 64, Lynx 54
Seattle wins 2-0
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Lynx Coach Suzie McConnell Serio
"We didn't convert on a number of possessions (at the end), and Seattle was able to capitalize on that. They hit open jump shots and we didn't defend like we needed to defend down the stretch — we weren't out challenging shots. They had bench players that stepped up. Tully Bevilaqua stepped in for Sue Bird and did a great job. Alicia Thompson came in and hit some big shots for them. Some of the shots didn't fall for us, and they played with a lot of energy and more sense of urgency down the stretch. Seattle just had too many weapons. They are a very talented team."
"Obviously, you can't take away the feeling of disappointment that they have right now. I'm very proud of the season that we have had. A lot of people counted us out and picked us sixth or seventh in the West. It's a very tough conference, and they continued to believe in each other. They worked hard all season. When Katie (Smith) went down, people really counted us out, but the team just continued to believe and proved everybody wrong by getting the three seed in the West. It was a great first season for the rookies. With the veterans we have, this is a special group with great chemistry. It's hard for it to come to an end."
"Nicole Ohlde had an unbelievable rookie season, and look for her to come back even stronger next year. We hope to get Vanessa Hayden playing in the offseason and coming in healthy from the start next year. We have our solid veterans that hopefully get better in the offseason as well. We hope to come back and not necessarily talk about making the playoffs, but winning a championship. Katie Smith coming back healthy will definitely make a difference."
Lynx Center Nicole Ohlde
"They just stepped up their game, and we didn't respond to it. They hit big shots and made key stops, and we didn't on the other end. They jumped out on us and they did the things necessary to get a win."
"We made a good run this season. A lot of people doubted us, so in that sense with the whole team coming together and with the great chemistry we have, it's good for us. But right now, you don't want to think about anything, really. It's a tough loss for us and we definitely wanted to be in a different position than we are in right now. It's going to take a little while to get over it."
"Right now, it's hard to look at anything. I think it will probably take me a couple of days to reflect on what happened this season. As for right now, I couldn't have played with a better group and for a better coaching staff and organization. But it will take me a few days to look back on the whole experience."
Lynx Forward Svetlana Abrosimova
"I think they just outplayed us the last five minutes. We stayed with them the whole game, but at the end they just took it from us. They played very aggressively on both ends. Their bench players stepped up and it was very hard to contain them. I'm really proud of our effort because we stayed with them."
"Hopefully Katie (Smith) will come back healthy and be in good shape. It was a big season for our rookies because they had to play a lot and got good experience. We'll definitely miss Teresa (Edwards) if she doesn't come back, but this team is just going to get better. We were a new team and we didn't have that many players who had played with each other, so it was definitely a learning experience. Too bad it's a long offseason — I want to come back and do it again."
Lynx Guard Teresa Edwards
"Playing behind with four minutes was so huge. We came out of that timeout and I thought Seattle played great defense. They didn't allow us to execute. They played like a veteran team. They played like a team that can win a championship. If they keep that up, they probably will. We hurt ourselves, too, by missing shots. In big game situations, that's when shots have to fall for you. We got a lot of them up, but they didn't go in for us."
On the first-half collision with Sue Bird:
"We didn't see each other. I just turned to go and she was cutting through (the key). I just know we hit. I didn't know we hit that hard, but I know she hit my jawbone. I felt bad for her because she's such a good player. I would never want to see a good player get hurt and come out for the whole game. She's very pivotal to this team. I just feel bad about that, but it just happened. I'm sorry."
"I'm very proud of my teammates. We fought all the odds all season. They counted us out and ranked us last in the preseason for the West, and that's when Katie was healthy. Our rookies came in and did a great job. They didn't play like rookies. They adapted and learned as fast as they could. Whether they got everything right or not wasn't important — they gave the effort every day. I'm just proud of the new kids. It's a totally different team, but we gave it all we have and left it out there."
On whether or not she'll play next season:
"I'm not saying yet. We'll just wait it out. I'll have to speak to our organization before I tell everybody else anyway. I'm spontaneous so you never know (when the decision will come). It's not that big of a deal... I'm too old anyway (laughs)!"