Postgame Quotes/Notes - Los Angeles 82, Storm 55

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  • The Sparks have played three home games and won each of them by 20-plus points.
  • The Storm had a three-game winning streak snapped.
  • The Sparks won the battle in the paint 40-22.
  • The Sparks had five players in double figures - Marie Ferdinand-Harris (15), Betty Lennox (14), Vanessa Hayden (12), DeLisha Milton-Jones (11) and Noelle Quinn (10).
  • Off of 22 Storm turnovers, the Sparks scored 36 points.
  • The Storm recorded no players in double figures.
  • Lauren Jackson (nine points) was held below 20 for the first time this season. Her streak of eight straight games with 20-plus points was snapped one shy of Cynthia Cooper's WNBA record of nine straight to start the season.
  • The Storm shot 34% from the field and 29% from beyond the arc.
  • The Storm outrebounded the Sparks 33-32.
  • June 28, 2009

    On the game:
    We didnít play very well; this was an effort that we hope is not repeated. We didnít play well together, broke down both offensively and defensively and we had a lack in execution. You name it, we did it, if it was negative.

    On the Sparks:
    I thought Los Angeles played well; I thought they played well at our place too. I take nothing away from them. They did exactly what they needed to do.

    On the game:
    L.A. played really well, and we didnít. They played with a lot of energy. We couldnít match their energy level after the first quarter. They made a run and we never recovered.

    On the game:
    L.A. played amazing; they were very physical. It was a bit of a beating, but we needed it.


    On the team's home-road disparity:
    Again, championships are won on the road and obviously we havenít fared well, but it is nice to have home games and play extremely well. Thatís our saving factor right now. Thatís going to become very important for us to win at home. I thought we played extremely, extremely well as a team tonight. I think we really affected that team. I think they missed some shots but we made them miss a lot. We just imposed our game on them.

    On the team's defense:
    Thatís what weíve been working on. Prior to this game, weíve been working on our defense and everybody has made a committed effort that weíre going to be a defensive team, and that really showed tonight.

    On the bench:
    In order for a team to be successful, it has to have a good bench. This year, we have a fabulous bench. I think we have a very diverse bench. I think Noelle (Quinn) comes in and sheís a utility person we can slide around out there, (Shannon) Bobbitt comes in and changes the tempo of the game, and Vanessa (Hayden) is that big body we havenít had here in a long time, and sheís one that can get in there and score. When we come in with different people off the bench, it adds a new dimension to our game. You havenít even seen the best of us. We still have Candace (Parker) to come, and itís going to be exciting them.

    On contributing off the bench:
    First of all, I would like to say the starters set the tone. I used that momentum and intensity. I come in and make that defensive effort and generate easy buckets. When our defense is great, we can turn that around and get easy buckets.

    On defending Jackson:
    When Lauren Jackson got the ball in deep, we were double-teaming and everybody was rotating and everybody seemed like we were on the same page today.

    On defending Jackson:
    Whenever we play Seattle, we know it's going to be a very physical game because of Lauren. Sheís a very physical player. We tried to match that aggressiveness from the jump. I thought we did an awesome job of putting pressure on her from the very beginning. I felt the double-team was very effective and it frustrated her all night.

    On stopping the Storm:
    We wanted to put our foot down and open it up a little bit. The biggest thing is Lauren; we saw the frustration on her face. That team feeds off Lauren. As Lauren goes, so does the team go. So we wanted to make sure we were doing a good job defensively, taking away Swin (Cash) and Sue Bird as well.

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