Postgame Quotes/Notes - Storm 93, Phoenix 84

  • With the win, the Storm tied Phoenix for the top spot in the Western Conference.
  • The Mercuryís loss tonight snapped a three-game winning streak for the Mercury.
  • Phoenix lost its first game of the year at US Airways Center. The Mercury had previously won five-straight games at home.
  • Seattle made its presence known inside, outscoring Phoenix 42-26 in points in the paint.
  • The Mercuryís rebounding woes continued as the Storm won the battle of the boards 37-22. Phoenix has outrebounded its opponent just once this season, but despite this, is 5-2 when outrebounded.
  • Phoenix failed to outshoot its opponent for the first time this season. The Mercury hit 27-of-65 (.415) shots, compared to the Stormís 35-of-69 (.507). Phoenix has shot at least 40 percent or better in every game this season.
  • Three of the Stormís starters scored more than 20 points. Swin Cash, Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird combined for 68 of Seattleís 93 points on 25-of-47 (.532) shooting.
  • The Storm controlled the paint, outrebounding the Mercury by 15 and outscoring Phoenix by 16 in points in the paint.
  • After the Mercury climbed to within three points, 82-85 with 1:53 left in the game, Seattle hit back-to-back three pointers from Jackson and Bird to seal the victory.
  • Phoenix forward Diana Taurasi scored a game-high-tying 25 points on 6-of-12 (.500) shooting, including 6-of-11 (.545) from beyond the arc. Taurasi has shot a combined 22-of-41 (.537) from downtown over the past four games. Dee added a career-high-tying five blocks (vs. Minnesota Sept. 3, 2008).
  • In her first game of the season, Mercury forward/center Nicole Ohlde scored four points on 2-of-2 (1.000) shooting and added one rebound in just eight minutes.
  • Jackson scored a game-high-tying 25 points on 8-of-14 (.571) shooting and also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.
  • The Stormís starting five all recorded five or more rebounds. Cash, Jackson, Camille Little, Tanisha Wright and Bird accounted for 33 of Seattleís 37 rebounds
  • June 21, 2009

    On the defensive effort:
    The Mercury are as good as any team in the league offensively. Theyíre quick hitting, they come at you hard. Itís not an easy task to defend them. I donít like giving up the amount of points that we did. But considering who we were playing itís not too bad. I liked how we had our defense set throughout the game.

    On holding on for the win:
    I looked up at the score one time and asked the coaches; is that really what the score is? I thought we were up 12 and all of a sudden we were up four. They can score in bunches, especially when they start hitting threes. I was happy with how we rebounded tonight. We did a better job there. We played pretty efficient basketball. We passed the ball well. Most of the turnovers we did have didnít result in transition baskets for them.

    On the Storm's defense:
    Thatís what we hang our hat on. Our thing is defense. With them, their thing is offense. Itís not easy to play defense on them with the players that they have. With our versatility we were able to switch off on a lot of screens and make them take tougher shots then theyíre used to. With Diana (Taurasi) and Cappie (Pondexter) theyíre probably going to make a lot of shots either way. So you just try to make it as tough as possible.

    On getting a road win:
    Road wins are always great wins. I donít care who youíre playing. The fact that we were playing a team like Phoenix tonight that was playing very well coming into this game and was on top of the Western Conference (is a bonus). To steal one on the road here feels pretty good.

    On the Storm's defense:
    We played really, really well. Theyíve got a lot of scorers. But we play really good defense. We typically hold our opponents to a low point total. I feel like we did mess up a bit defensively in the first half, but we just did what we normally do defensively in the second half.

    On Coach Agler:
    Heís a great coach. Heís a great motivator. He knows how to get in our heads and get the best out of us.

    On being ejected late in the game:
    I guess we saw things differently, and I guess she made the correct call and I was wrong. That was it.

    On rebounding:
    That really hurt us. Rebounding is the thing, if we donít get the rebound we canít run.

    On the slow start:
    We came a little flat. We played a lot of games, a lot of nights. Not back-to-back, but we played game, day off, game, day off. We just didnít get it done tonight.

    On Nicole Ohlde's 2009 debut:
    She looked good. If you want to take something good, that Ohlde came through. She hit a couple of shots, a couple of moves down there. Iím limited in the time I can play her, the doctor said. She played the max amount of minutes she can play.

    On the loss:
    Itís just a loss. There are a lot of games; youíre going to win some, youíre going to lose some. Itís about what you do the next day, so weíll see what weíre going to do on this trip to San Antonio. Thatís the most important thing right now.

    On the matchup:
    Itís always a great matchup when we play Seattle. Theyíre fun games, ultra-competitive, everybody wants to win. They did a better job of making some more plays than we did.

    On the team's slow start:
    Whenever you come out with less energy than you want to and they get out to a big lead, itís hard to get back into the game and when you finally do itís taken all of the energy out of you. We've got to do a better job of coming out from the first quarter and setting the pace early. We just didnít do that today.

    On her Mercury debut:
    It feels great. I was really excited to come play here. So to finally be able to step on the court in front of these fans, it felt really good. I think we have great fans here.

    On rebounding:
    Hopefully I will be able to go in there and grab some rebounds for the team. Obviously rebounding is a team effort, but as a post player I need to get in there and get the rebound.

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