Lynx Postgame Quotes: August 8, 2003

Storm 68, Lynx 65
KeyArena (Seattle)

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Lynx Coach Suzie McConnell Serio
"Once again, it was a great game. It came down to the last minute and they came up with the offensive rebound when they needed to and hit their free throws. We just couldn't convert when we needed to, but it was just a hard-fought game. I thought their bench stepped up and gave them a great deal. They hit key shots when they needed them."

"She's (Lauren Jackson) a great player who draws a lot of attention. One-on-one, she's very difficult to stop. We sent double teams at her and tried to keep her off the boards. We did that for the most part, but she came up with a huge one at the end."

"Right now, it's mind over matter going back-to-back tomorrow — getting our confidence back and going 40 minutes against a good team (Sacramento), who's probably one of the hottest in the league. It's a mindset right now that we have to go and play with a little more sense of urgency knowing the situation we're in."

Lynx Guard Katie Smith
"It wasn't pretty. It was a back-and-forth, see-saw battle. They got up four or five, and that makes it tough, especially in the last four minutes of the game. They ran, they executed, made some big plays. Defensively, we just didn't get any stops, and rebounding was the key there at the end. They had some bodies in there and took advantage of it."

"We didn't get the job done when we needed to so it's a tough one. We put ourselves in a tough situation. We have a big game tomorrow night (at Sacramento) so we can't dwell on this very long. We have to move on and try and get out there and get a "W".

"LJ is great. She's versatile. She's similar to Lisa (Leslie) in that she can step out and also play down low. She's strong and is always a defensive presence inside. She has that little attitude about her and gets her team fired up. She just can do a lot of different things and is hard to guard. She's doing nice things for her team when they need it."

"We felt pretty good tonight, but defensively we weren't on the same page and we made some bad decisions. Just a few things here and there and it could've been a different story. I think we're still confident in what we can do. Last time we lost at Sac — they beat us pretty good and we didn't play real well. Hopefully that'll be some motivation, on top of that, trying to keep ourselves in the fourth playoff spot. There's a lot riding on tomorrow night's game so hopefully we'll go in there with a lot of excitement, pick it up and go."

Storm Coach Anne Donovan
"I felt better, for the most part, on how we were playing defensively (in the second half). Offensive boards have been our nemesis and something we have to clean up especially against a team like Minnesota. So other than the offensive glass, I thought we really stepped up against them."

"I think we kept our composure — we stayed after it. Lauren's offensive rebound — she's in tons of traffic, she's been getting hit all night and she scores that. Our bench was huge — we got 20 points from our bench. Alisa Burras coming in to that other post spot. We were able to find someone to convert and gave us great minutes. Rita Williams, same thing. Our key was our bench and how well they played."

"We knew going in it was going to have to be that way (balanced scoring). They were going to try to shut Lauren down, which they tried to do. Sixteen points is well below what she's been doing. So that was their focus and we knew that other players were going to have to step up."

Storm Forward Lauren Jackson
"It was a hard-fought game and we won. We made some big plays in the last three minutes. We made some stops and Rita made a huge shot. Amanda was so mature about those last two free throws. The good thing about our team is that we can really pick each other up. If one person isn't playing well, another person steps up until everyone gets going."

Storm Guard Sue Bird
"This is a team that, for whatever reason, we couldn't get past them. It was nice to do that, on our home court, in front of everybody and it put us two games in front of them now, which is huge for the playoffs. This is tough team, and we can't underestimate them at all. The WNBA is a game of matchups. Each team has something different to bring."