Postgame Quotes/Notes - Storm 73, Minnesota 71
Seattle remained undefeated against Western Conference opposition (13-0).
STORM HEAD COACH BRIAN AGLER:
On the game:
It was a good win for us. We are a very resilient team and there are five ways to do it. In my evaluation I thought we played really solid. I don't think we played our best. I think Minnesota played real solid. I bet they are saying we could have done some different things, too. But I think both teams really competed hard.
On committing 23 turnovers:
Minnesota is third in creating turnovers in the league. We knew that for us to have success we couldn't turn it over. We did that a lot in the first half, especially. I know down the stretch when we got back into the game that we were not turning the ball over as much. It goes to show things really didn't play out our way. Whether it was them or us, it was probably a little bit of both. I think they have an act of turning people over, and I don't think we were really mentally tough today.
STORM GUARD SUE BIRD:
On the game:
"Of course we are happy that we won, no doubt about that. I think in some regards we are feeling kind of lucky. This was a tough game back and forth and every time one team would get a lead, the other team would come back. You never knew what was going to happen. Then we had a chance to seal it with the jump ball and the ball went out of bounds. It was all pretty crazy. We are definitely happy that we won.
On Minnesota's last shot attempt:
We knew that it was either going to go for Seimone (Augustus), try to get her off of curls or a screen, or maybe have Lindsay Whalen attack or set a pick on someone else. We had that feeling something like that would happen and we basically stuck to our defensive plan.
STORM GUARD TANISHA WRIGHT:
On the game:
They are a very good team and that was evident today. You saw that. I think we are resilient, we work hard and we try to keep our focus day in and day out to do even better. During the game we focus on being better and focusing on the plays in order to win games.
On her go-ahead three-pointer:
The ball was in (Bird's) hands, Lauren (Jackson) set a screen and that was pretty much it. We want to get better. That is our main and only goal, to get better day in and day out. If we can do that and not worry about everyone else, we'll be fine.
On the game:
We gave ourselves a chance to win with how hard we played on the defensive end, playing gritty. We just couldn't convert on the offensive side today; that was rough. A lot of great things in that we forced them into 23 turnovers as a team - that's not a team that turns the ball over very much. The Seattle Storm is a very good defensive team. Give them credit for what they did defensively to knock us off kilter. I think we had shots that we could have made. They can't guard free throws. We have to stand there and make free throws. We just didn't convert when we had the opportunities. It was a great basketball game.
On offensive struggles:
I think it was just not hitting shots. We can rationalize it every which way, but we have to put the ball in the hole. We just missed our opportunities. It didn't work out for us down the stretch. Tanisha Wright's three-ball was big. Obviously Lauren Jackson is a great player. We got buried a couple of times when she was really deep. Again, it was not our defense; we held them to 73 points. That's a game I think we should win by 10 if we can convert a couple on offense.
On defending Jackson:
Well, you know, there are all kinds of theories. I guess we wanted to run her off the three-point line. I think we did a decent job of that. We didn't give up too much there. That's a player that gets deep and causes you to have to switch your pick-and-rolls, and do some things that create mismatches. Half the time we have smalls on her. A couple of times Nicky (Anosike) was on her and she got buried. Nicky is only 6-3 and Jackson is a long 6-5. They do a nice job of running their offense. It's a very good basketball team at 18-2. They have kind of blown through the league. I like how we played. If we get ourselves in a situation where we play them in the playoffs, I feel good about it.
On a close loss to the Storm:
That's twice now. It's pretty disappointing. Through three quarters, I think we were playing really well. In the fourth we scored 12 points. Disappointed right now, but we're going to be ready to work hard this week and get ready for the next game.
She hit some big shots; that's what she does. She got a couple of and-ones there. She got a couple of things going. That's what she does.
On forcing turnovers:
I thought we forced quite a few turnovers. I think we had a lot of turnovers ourselves; a sloppy game at times. Our defense kept us in the game ... we didn't shoot the ball great. Thankfully our defense was there. (Jackson) hit some tough shots down the stretch. Tanisha Wright hit a big three. Second game in a row where they had someone knock down a huge three with under a minute to go. Last game it was Camille Little. There's a reason they're 18-2.