Postgame Quotes/Notes - Atlanta 88, Storm 79

Game at a Glance
  • Lauren Jackson scored her 5,000th career point on her first basket of the game with 7:36 left in the first quarter. Jackson is the fourth WNBA player to reach 5,000 points and both the youngest (28 years, 96 days) and fastest (259 games) to get there.
  • At the 7:21 mark of the third quarter, Swin Cash's free throw was good for the 3,000th point of her WNBA career. Cash became the fourth player to score her 3,000th point in a Storm uniform, joining Jackson, Wendy Palmer and Sue Bird. She joins Bird as the lone members of the 2002 Draft class in the 3,000-point club, which now numbers 30 players.
  • Jackson scored a game-high 25 points and added nine rebounds.
  • Tanisha Wright (12 points) and Swin Cash (12 points) also finished in double figures.
  • Bird had 12 assists, a Storm season-high.
  • The Storm shot 50.8 percent from the field but were outrebounded 35-26 and had 20 turnovers.
  • The Storm was able to get with four (83-79) with 44.2 seconds remaining but the Dream sealed the game at the free throw line and a Sancho Lyttle basket with 26.9 remaining that extended the lead to seven.
  • After the Dream opened up a 13-point lead with 5:18 to go, the Storm responded with a 6-0 run to cut the lead to seven, 77-70 with 4:08 remaining.
  • After double technical fouls were whistled on Michelle Snow (Atlanta) and Jackson (Seattle), the Storm went on a 11-4 run in the second quarter.
  • With tonightís win, the Dream moved into sole possession of second place in the East with an overall record of 13-11.
  • Sancho Lyttle scored a team-high 20 points and added eight rebounds.
  • Erika de Souza recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
  • Angel McCoughtry scored 16 points off the bench, her seventh consecutive game in double figures.
  • The Dream used a 9-0 run midway through the third quarter to open up their biggest lead of the game, 77-64 with 5:18 remaining.
  • Atlanta shot 46.8 percent from the field and 40 percent from three. The Dream outrebounded the Storm 35-26.
  • The Dream used a 11-2 run midway through the first quarter to open a 17-9 lead (4:38 remaining). The span included three consecutive three-point plays (a basket & foul by Castro Marques; a three by Castro Marques; basket and foul by Lyttle). Castro Marques scored nine of her 11 points in the first quarter.
  • Tonightís attendance was 8,571. Fans in attendance tonight included NBA players Marvin Williams (Atlanta Hawks), Sean May (Sacramento Kings) and Trenton Hassell (New Jersey Nets).
  • August 15, 2009

    On the game:
    I thought Atlanta really played well. They are an excellent basketball team. They might be as good as there is in the league at this point. And I thought we played a real solid game; we just didnít quite have enough.

    On the difference in the game:
    We had a lapse there where we turned the ball over on a series of possessions. It went from like a six-point game to a 12-point game. That was probably the difference right there.

    On scoring her 5,000th career point:
    I think that we just wanted to win and we didnít get that win tonight. So I didnít really even think about it to be honest.

    On the game:
    We made some mistakes defensively and offensively we didnít get the looks we wanted. I think, at the end of the game, it sort of all adds up. We couldnít manage to withstand their runs. They kept getting momentum and we just couldnít really get momentum at all. Every time we did make a run, they did something to sort of get it back. They were better than us tonight.

    On the game:
    They are a good rebounding team and they go to the boards really hard, especially on the offensive end. But I thought we did a good job of blocking them out and going to the rim. Erika (de Souza) and Sancho (Lyttle) were both terrific. We shared the ball well. We pushed when we had the opportunity to push and we got a lot of open shots. We ran out on them a little bit in the fourth quarter and I thought that was the difference in the game. The depth of our team is really good. Iím not afraid to put any of them in there at any time. I thought maybe we tired them out just a little bit.

    On the Storm:
    They are tough. They are physically tough. And for us to come off a back-to-back physical game against Detroit, I thought we played really well. We didnít back down from them.

    On the difference in the game:
    We were playing a little bit soft at times, but I really think that they dug in and did what they had to do to get the win. It was loose balls, it was rebounds, it was second-chance points. It was that combination of everything.

    On the back-and-forth nature of the game:
    We were just a little bit tougher than Seattle to start the game, but then they came on really strong. They went on a bunch of runs and thatís what basketball is. We just happened to have runs at the right time.

    On the gameplan:
    Our gameplan was to win. We knew we had to stop certain plays and defend as hard as we could.

    On pulling out the win:
    We stayed aggressive. People make runs and we have to make our runs. We have to keep our runs alive and stay in front and thatís what we did. We just kept adding our points to our score. They tried and we tried harder, and came out with a win.

    On maintaining momentum:
    We have to play how we have been playing. Defense leads to offense and thatís what we have been doing. We have to stay in the playoff run.

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