Postgame Quotes/Notes - Storm 79, Minnesota 76
STORM HEAD COACH BRIAN AGLER:
On the game:
Swin (Cash) was huge tonight. I think her energy and the plays she made both offensively and defensively really helped us get over the hump. She ran the floor, got some layups, made some great defensive plays. Those intangible things, the efforts things, kind of energized us. She usually brings that. You can count on Swin.
On Tanisha Wright running the Storm's offense late in the game:
I think Tanisha, in my opinion, is a lot better person with the ball in her hands than maybe she thinks she is. I don’t think we’ll go away from that. I’ve got a lot of confidence in her with the ball in her hands. Even though it didn’t happen so much tonight, she has the ability to get to the rim.
On the Lynx:
I thought Minnesota played great tonight. They came in here with a game plan and stuck to it. They hit shots. They made it difficult around the basket. They really did a great job rebounding. They had 11 offensive boards. I thought that they, coming off a loss, got refocused and played extremely well.
STORM GUARD SUE BIRD:
On the game:
I think we came out a little flat. They really jumped on us and had us on our heels for the majority of the game. Luckily we were able to pull it together. A lot of people in this room made big plays - Swin, Camille (Little) and Lauren (Jackson) in particular - to get us going and to win it.
We were able to get out in transition for Swin. She’s great in transition. She runs the floor well and can post up smaller people. We also noticed that they were switching so we were able to get her on Lindsay Whalen a couple of times and some of their smaller players and she took advantage of them in the post.
On the close win:
Normally you don’t steal games at home, but that’s what it feels like we did today. It was really tough. Every league in this league is tough. Nothing is guaranteed, especially on your home court, so for us to get this win is good. Hopefully we can build on it.
STORM FORWARD SWIN CASH:
On her performance:
It was just one of those nights. We were getting good shots, but early on I thought we were rushing it a little bit and not really taking our time. In the fourth we executed and got the shots that we wanted.
On her mindset:
I just wanted to be aggressive. They were switching on pick and rolls so I felt that if I could get to the box with a guard on me then I would have an advantage.
STORM CENTER LAUREN JACKSON:
She was unreal. She definitely stepped up and everyone jumped on her back and tried to get to her level. She is great when she plays like that.
On coming from behind:
Hopefully it doesn’t always play out like that. We’re a pretty good team. It’s a matter of doing it for 40 minutes and not in the last quarter or few minutes. I think it will come. We’ve had two big games. Not really good games, but good games. Hopefully we can keep building on that.
It was a hard-fought game both ways. We put ourselves in a position to win the game. We competed hard. Obviously they made some clutch baskets - Jackson’s offensive rebound there with, what, eight seconds to go was a backbreaker. I thought it was a great basketball game, but we walked away with a loss so it doesn’t feel very good.
On playing the Storm tough without three key players:
I think everybody else looks at that. The group that we have in the locker room, in uniform and playing – we don’t think about that. That’s more for everybody else to talk about. We’re disappointed because we believe we have enough talent to win that game with the ones that were in uniform.
On the final play:
Charde (Houston) for a three is what we were looking to do. If the first play had gone down I think we would’ve gotten Charde open because they were pretty consumed with Monica Wright, but Sue got that foul in and we ran the same play coming back at it. We’re not a great three-point shooting team so we didn’t have a lot of options, but it was a decent look at it.
On the difference in the game:
Free throw shooting. For us, that’s been our Achilles' heel. We foul too much and apparently we foul a lot more than our opponents. That’s something we really have to look at and clean up. We’re playing our hearts out on defense then fouling shooters at inopportune times to bail them out. That’s the difference in the game.
On the Lynx thus far:
We have a long way to go. We’re establishing who we want to be. We want to compete physically and mentally in a tough way. We want to execute. We’ve got a long way to go.
On the game:
I thought we competed really hard. Seattle made some huge shots when they needed to. We made some big plays down the stretch as well. Nicky (Anosike) had a couple huge baskets. It was a really good basketball game, but didn’t go our way.
On positives from the game:
You’re always disappointed when you lose. I think the way we competed - we showed a lot of heart tonight. We responded really well to a not-so-great performance at home last Sunday. That being said, I think we’re happy with where we’re going. Would’ve been nice to pull out the win, but obviously it didn’t happen.
On the final play:
It was designed for Charde and we trust her to take that.
On getting Seimone Augustus and Candice Wiggins back in the lineup:
They’re working hard every day. They’re rehabbing and working and doing what they need to do so when they come back it’ll be a nice bonus for us.