Postgame Quotes/Notes - Storm 89, Phoenix 78

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  • The Storm won its fifth straight game, the fifth time in franchise history with at least five straight wins (last July 15 through July 31, 2005). It's the first time the Storm has ever won five straight games by double-figures.
  • The Storm leads the season series against Phoenix 3-0 (last matchup at Phoenix on July 25) and will win it for the fourth straight season.
  • Lauren Jackson scored 19 of her 25 points in the second half. After starting the game 0-of-11 from the field, Jackson made six of her last eight shots.
  • Jackson was a perfect 12-of-12 from the free-throw line, setting season highs for makes (also a Storm season high) and attempts.
  • Swin Cash handed out a season-high six assists.
  • Cash's first assist of the game was the 600th of her WNBA career. She is the 29th player in WNBA history with 600 career assists.
  • Yolanda Griffith (10) scored double-figures for the third time this season.
  • Sheryl Swoopes' four steals were a season high and tied the most by a Storm player this season (previously done by Griffith and Jackson).
  • Diana Taurasi (16) was held under 20 points for the fifth time this season.
  • Seattle improved to 5-0 this season when scoring at least 80 points.
  • The Storm won its fifth straight game at KeyArena and improved to 11-1 at home this season.
  • The Seattle bench scored 21 points, the fifth time this season with 20-plus.
  • The Storm enjoyed its second sellout of 2008.
  • Seattle went on a 12-0 run to end the third quarter and start the fourth.
  • July 10, 2008

    On fearing a Mercury comeback:
    That is a team that can score in bunches. No lead is secure. We had a lead that got cut back in a hurry. I thought we made some plays when we needed to. Lauren (Jackson) got some free throws when we needed her to.

    On being called for five three-second calls:
    I don't know what to make of that. That's just about five more than have been called all year. They were probably (legitimate) three second calls. Like in football, or any sport, there are things you can call on just about every possession if you choose to. They decided to call it that way tonight.

    On Jackson's tough shooting first half:
    They try to be very physical with her. Sometimes it's a box-and-one, they come in the lane and body her up. Tonight they tried to keep her in the lane longer so they'd get the three-second calls.

    On Camille Little's performance:
    She knows how to move without the ball around the basket. She can find seams and can cut through zones and cut over plays. She's got good hands and plays with a lot of composure. I like how Shyra (Ely)'s playing, and I like how Camille is playing. You can only play five at a time. I like how everybody's playing.

    On the Storm's defense on Diana Taurasi:
    I thought we did a better job than last time. She's one of those players that will take it by you, or if you trap her, she'll find the open man, or she will hit the three. You just keep her in front of you and pressure shots and try not to foul her. It's easier said than done.

    On the game:
    I think the game came down to the little run we made in the second half. Otherwise it was really close. They play that zone, so it can tend to get stagnant at times. Once we started getting better movement, we got better shots.

    On the Mercury's defense:
    They just guard Lauren - typical. Then they call three seconds ... weird.

    On Kids Day:
    The Noon game can be ear piercing, but to us, that's a benefit. The kids are cute and they like to scream.

    On the Storm's defense:
    Our defense is better than it ever has been since I've been on this team.

    On the matchup with the Mercury:
    I have a bit of fun playing against them. I try not to get too frustrated or I'll tear my hair out.

    On being called for multiple three-second violations:
    I think that's the first time all year I've been called for three seconds, and tonight I got five of them. I don't think the refereeing was brilliant. I think if the league is going to make a point of calling that, they should be consistent. Otherwise, we'll get held in the paint and can't move. It was funny because while we're getting held in the paint, Diana would run down court and stand and wait for a cut for five seconds. She wouldn't get touched and they wouldn't even call it. I was saying, 'C'mon guys.'

    On the Storm:
    Defense is setting the tone. I'm a believer that defense wins championships. This team is buying into that.

    On handing out her 600th career assist:
    What am I, 500 assists behind Sue?

    On Saturday's matchup with Los Angeles:
    If you don't have tickets, you'd better get them. Tell your neighbors and grab your popcorn. We're going to give it everything we've got.

    On the game:
    They played well; we played badly. We shot badly.

    On Yolanda Griffith's strong start:
    They made a concerted effort to get her the ball.

    On the Storm's free-throw advantage:
    They shot a lot of free throws, which, off the top of my head ... they shot 28. They made a run of free throws, which stops the game.

    On the game:
    I thought it was a great-played game. The shots didn't fall; it kind of made the game harder for us. I had a good third quarter. (Katie) Gearlds broke it open with a couple threes. Lauren hit a couple. Swin did a good job slashing in there for some easy buckets. We have a game tomorrow or the next day, so we really can't think about this one when it's done with.

    On the game:
    It was a hard game. Both teams played very hard and they just got the better of us.

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