Postgame Quotes/Notes - Storm 91, Atlanta 84 (2OT)
On the game:
That was a huge win for us, sort of a gut-check time. Sue (Bird) and Tanisha (Wright) didn't statistically have good first halves - they played well. You look at their lines, I don't know what their second-half stats were but they had to be extremely impressive. We did a much better job in the second half of rebounding the ball. We knew coming in that this was a great rebounding team and we'd have to do a good job at some point in the game. Fortunately, in the second half we did.
On the Storm's defense against Atlanta:
Good. We had to play them 10 extra minutes and they're averaging a lot of points. We talked about not letting them get in the 80s. They did, but it took them 50 minutes to do it. They're a good team. They've got some good players.
On the Storm's OT experience:
I think we've played more than one extra game already - I think that's our ninth overtime? We've had some players through the course of the year, Sue in a lot of cases, that have hit big shots for us to put it in overtime, to give us the lead at the end, to hit the game-winner - whatever it was. Sue did it once or twice tonight, T, Camille (Little); we had a variety of people hitting big shots. If you're going to win games, you have to get breaks like that.
On the win:
It means a lot. After this game we all know we're going on the road for three games. We don't have Lauren, and that's a big player for our team - she's obviously a very important part. For all of us, tonight, on our home court, we really wanted to make the most of this opportunity and get a win. It was a tough game. They're a physical team. It was a gusty win.
On the Storm taking confidence from past OT wins:
Absolutely. I think it's very important for teams, especially in this league, to experience tough games throughout the course of the season. The more you see them, the more comfortable and confident you're going to be. They're not always going to go your way - when we lost to Phoenix in overtime, obviously that didn't go our way - but when the game's on the line, we know we have people who can step up and hit big shots. Camille hit a big one, T basically iced the game for us. We have people who have that experience and it's very important.
On her tying shot at the end of the first overtime:
I'm just glad I got the roll. They're always going to double- and triple-team Sue, so I just try to find space and be ready when she passes it to me.
On setting a career high in rebounds against a tough Atlanta frontcourt:
Very, very. They're a powerhouse. They've got so many athletic players. (Erika) de Souza, she got every board it seemed like. I don't know how I got 15 - she probably had 30. I just tried to get in there and help out my team however I could. I'm glad I could get us some extra possessions.
On the play of the Storm's backcourt:
They hit big shots all night long. We knew they would go especially to Sue, but Tanisha’s game has improved so much that now she’s playing big-time minutes and making big shots.
On whether she was surprised by Wright:
No, because I was at the University of Pittsburgh when she was at Penn State and we played against them and I knew she was going to be good. That first couple of years it took her a while to learn what she could do. I think she’s really worked on her game and she’s got a great game working for her right now.
On whether the Dream executed down the stretch:
No. We didn’t execute going down the line at all. We had it. The window of opportunity only opens up for a little bit, we seized it, and then we let it go. We gave it right back.
On Atlanta's final play of the first overtime:
It was perfect. (The ball) just didn’t go in.
On playing without Chamique Holdsclaw:
We’re still a very young team, people have to understand that. We have a couple veterans, but everybody else is pretty young. I think the one thing that she gives us more than anything else is leadership, and calmness on the court. We don’t have that without her out there. And even when she’s not in the game and on the bench she’s talking to players. That’s a big void for us right now.