Postgame Quotes/Notes - Storm 78, Washington 68

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  • The Storm won its third straight game, tying its longest streak of 2009.
  • With the win, the Storm is one victory away from clinching a playoff berth.
  • For the second straight game, Janell Burse tied her season high with 14 points.
  • Shannon Johnson's 10 points also tied a season high.
  • Tanisha Wright's five steals were a career high.
  • Lauren Jackson's four blocks tied a season high.
  • Storm rookie Ashley Walker saw her first action since July 1. Walker missed 14 games with a right big toe injury. Walker made the first two free throws of her WNBA career.
  • Marissa Coleman (13 points) scored double-figures for the third time this season (last June 10 vs. Detroit).
  • Washington's Alana Beard scored four points on 1-6 shooting, a season low.
  • With 14 steals, the Storm tied a season high, while Washington's 15 steals were the most by a Storm opponent.
  • The Storm's 26 bench points were the team's second-highest total of the season, trailing only June 19 vs. Minnesota (36 points).
  • Seattle improved to 4-1 this season when forcing 20-plus turnovers.
  • The Storm earned its 10th double-digit win of the season, second in the WNBA behind Phoenix (11).
  • The Storm tied its largest leads of the year after one quarter (14 at Phoenix, June 21) and at halftime (23 vs. Minnesota, June 19).
  • August 25, 2009

    On the game:
    We had a really good first half. Iím really proud of how we played. We put five good consecutive halves together, and then obviously had a letdown in the second half. You canít say that hasnít happened before to teams, but itís not anything you want to go through. But also Washington had a lot to do with that. They stayed aggressive and hungry, and really came out and rebounded the ball well and forced some turnovers. When you take a step back and get a little passive against that kind of play you can see the results.

    On the Storm's three-point shooting in the first half:
    Weíve got some good shooters on this team. It was just one of things we were knocking shots down, I guess. We werenít doing anything different to get open. It was just one of those things where you get on a roll, like Washington did in the second half, use the momentum and then the adrenaline flows and you start playing.

    On the Storm's defense:
    I thought we did a pretty good job. From my standpoint we had some breakdowns. When we play them again in a week or so weíll have to make some adjustments. I thought our defensive effort in the first half was excellent. And I thought that if we could have kept them off the free throw line we would have had a tremendous defensive game.

    On the Storm:
    We have a lot of improvement to make. Iím hoping (the Indiana game) wasnít the highlight of the season. Letís put it that way. Weíre still trying to get better. There are a lot of areas we can get better in.

    On the second half:
    Washington didnít stop playing. They didnít give up. We got a little complacent, a little relaxed; I think thatís what Iíd attribute that to. But we got the win so I think everyone is happy about that.

    Everyoneís happy with the win, but we recognize the fact that we didnít play a complete, 40-minute game. We want to focus on the good things we did and build on that. And use the things that werenít so good in the second half and hopefully not repeat them.

    On the importance of the win:
    Any win right now is a big win. Weíre closer to clinching a playoff berth; weíre also closer to clinching a high spot and home-court advantage. And we of course want to take care of the home court.

    On the game:
    I was a little disappointed in the way our team came out. Seattle is a great team, especially at home. I think the threes really got them going Ė they were 7-for-10 early in the game and itís hard to come back from that many points. I thought we competed in the second half and our subs played well, but overall I donít think we did the things we needed to do to win.

    On the difference for the Mystics:
    We just have to get more consistent. Some days we play really well and some days not and I think (consistency) is the sign of a playoff team and a championship team. Seattle has been to the championship and theyíve been to the playoffs and weíre just trying to get back there. Itís the consistency and the mental toughness, knowing that every game is going to be a battle. These guys (Seattle) have played together and they're confident and theyíre playing really well right now.

    On whether she takes encouragement from the second half:
    Definitely. I was pleased to see other people to see how they do coming in. I didnít think our defensive effort was that great in the first half at all and that was really frustrating. Weíll go back home and regroup. We have six more games left and weíre still in a good spot to get in the playoffs. We have to have a great six games.

    On Alana Beard's injury:
    I think she rolled an ankle. I think she stepped on someoneís foot, but I really honestly donít know right now. Sheís been a little sore so I think a couple days off will help her and Lindsey (Harding) a lot. I donít expect her to miss any time. I donít mind her missing practice, but I donít want her missing any games.

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