Postgame Quotes/Notes - Storm 82, Los Angeles 60
STORM HEAD COACH BRIAN AGLER:
On Lauren Jackson's defense on Candace Parker:
L.A. is a good team. They have talent. And a lot of what they do is try to isolate when they think they have a mismatch. And if they don’t have a mismatch they throw it to (Candace) Parker and let her make a play because she usually has an advantage. I think Lauren (Jackson) does a really good job on Parker compared to everybody else across the league. I think that there are some things that we’ve got to get better at, in terms of how we’re going to guard her. We’ve got to get a little more systematic.
On the first quarter:
I thought we got off to a great start in the first quarter. In the first quarter we separated ourselves and it was pretty much even until the last three or four minutes of the game. It hovered between the 10 to 15 mark, back and forth. I just thought we had good concentration. I don’t think we played perfect by any means, but I thought we had a real solid game.
On why the team got off to a good start:
I thought it was our energy defensively. I liked how we attacked and scored quick and took what they gave us offensively. I thought it was a good, solid first quarter. It’s hard to sustain that, especially against good teams. All teams in this league are good.
STORM GUARD SUE BIRD:
On the play of the Storm bench:
We have so much balance on our team right now. It really makes it easy to stay focused and do their job, because you know no matter what, someone is coming in to pick you up. We have a good rotation going and tonight a lot of people stepped up.
On the Storm:
Our hard work is paying off. A lot of what we do in practice is defense, I would say two/thirds of what we do, and you can see it on the court. We’re getting after it; we’re causing turnovers, getting to loose balls. Offensively we’re getting things done as well. We don’t want to get too excited. That’s been the theme all year. We know our record, everybody knows it, but we don’t really talk about it.
STORM FORWARD CAMILLE LITTLE:
On the Storm:
We’re clicking on defense and that helps us a lot on the offensive end too. We’re confident in each other and we trust each other and it’s working for us. We have to continue to get better. On the bench:
It helps the whole team to know that when we make a substitute the game is not going to change. I love to watch the bench and cheer them on, because they’re always doing it for us. It’s great to have a chance to cheer for them and be happy for them being part of the game.
STORM GUARD TANISHA WRIGHT:
On the Storm's defense:
Defense is a focus each and every day at practice. We haven’t had one practice where defense wasn’t a motivation for us. It’s something that we put a lot of practice and effort into to play in the game. That’s the reward. On creating offense:
Coach always preaches to not worry about our offense because our defense will feed our offense. That’s usually what happens. On the bench:
They’re definitely out there producing, getting into the mix of things. We’re going to need them all season long.
On the game:
I really wasn’t pleased with our effort tonight. I don’t think we matched their intensity at all. Hopefully we’ll learn from this and move on and be ready for Minnesota on Sunday. If not, it’s going to be a long season.
On playing in a hostile arena:
It does play a factor, but I really believe that Seattle has the best team in the league right now. They are unbelievable. They get scoring from everybody, great defensive pressure from everybody. They’re physical and they do everything right. They’ve been together for awhile and know each other well. I think this is their year right now. They’re playing the best.
On the game:
It was a tough loss for us, but we didn’t come out and play with a lot of energy to start the game. That’s become a trend for us and we have to change that.
On starting slowly:
We knew they were going to come out and play aggressive and physical. We got down early and couldn’t work our way back. I thought we needed to play a little more physical on the offensive end and defensive end and make them move a little bit defensively. It is what it is.
On her shoulder:
On the start of the game:
They just came out really aggressive, but that’s their style. They come out really aggressive with a lot of energy, trying to push the score up against whoever they play. At that point, we just didn’t match their intensity.
On the Storm's rebounding:
They were always getting their hand on the ball, tipping it or something. They were always making something happen. That’s Swin's and Camille’s game. They’re definitely using it to the best of their abilities.
On moving forward quickly:
Oh yeah, there’s not much we can do about it. We can watch film to look at mistakes and things like that, but we can’t get this game back so we have to go forward.
On whether the Storm is the league's best team:
They have the best record, right? I guess so. At this point in time they are and they’re the ones everyone will be gunning for.