Postgame Quotes/Notes: Storm 76, Tulsa 58
STORM HEAD COACH BRIAN AGLER:
On the game:
I thought we did a good job in the second half of handling their press. Even though we had a few turnovers against it, for the most part, for what they're used to getting, we did a great job against their pressure.
On improvement leading to a first victory:
Every team is different. Every team goes through their own process of improvement and I think our team has a long way to go. I also think we've made great improvement the last two weeks. I thought we played much better defensively in the second half.
On the backcourt's play:
It was nice to see Sue (Bird) really break out, and even though statistically Tanisha (Wright) didn't have what you would consider a great game, her presence defensively and her presence handling the ball was spectacular.
On becoming the all-time winningest coach in women's pro basketball history:
When we started back in 1996 we didn't know how long this thing would go. Van Chancellor had a tremendous career with Houston. All those wins with one team, four championships. That being said, and he would say the same thing, you've got to have great players. Key players that have played for me are Katie (Smith), Sue, Lauren (Jackson); Camille (Little) and Tanisha now. Swin (Cash), Valerie Still, Andrea Lloyd, Shannon Johnson. If you're going to have great teams and be involved with great teams it's all about having great players.
On Bird playing off the ball:
We tried to move Sue around against the press. They did a good job of keeping the ball out of her hands, which forced her to play off the ball. She found ways to get the ball in her hands and really be creative. She did a great job tonight.
STORM GUARD SUE BIRD:
On the win:
At this point we're just trying to get better as a team. Of course, it feels better when you get some Ws. Tonight felt good in front of our home crowd because we've been on the road for a while, so it was nice to get a first win.
On why things clicked:
Sometimes it happens that way - shots are falling and you just want to take advantage of it. For me on the team, whether or not the shots go in, I think everyone benefits from that. Brian has been getting on me to do that and I tried to do that and luckily the shots went in.
On the message at halftime:
It was a mild halftime talk. I think for the most part our defense was good, but we had some things that we needed to change and it was just a matter of us getting it done. The second half we did a great job of that.
On whether the Storm has turned a corner offensively:
I think being comfortable helps and we're getting more comfortable with each other. Now we can go out there and play and not think so much. It's being aggressive and sometimes the shots go in. We just tried to take advantage of it. It's not really that complicated.
STORM FORWARD CAMILLE LITTLE:
On halftime adjustments:
We felt like we could take it up a notch. There were a lot of plays that we didn't finish, and we had to refocus. Brian was talking about making sure we finish plays and we tried to make sure we did that in the second half. We got rebounds and went the other way with it. On taking care of the basketball:
This team was forcing 27-plus turnovers a game and that's how they get most of their points. We didn't turn it over so it's pretty hard for them to score when we're back in our defense. I think we're a pretty good defensive team and we tried to make sure we were taking care of the ball. It worked out.
On the game:
I thought we battled that first half, but we just stalled out offensively in the third quarter. You can't do that against a team like the Storm because they have so many weapons. I thought some fatigue set in with us and we didn't have as much pressure as we've had lately. Of course Sue Bird is a master at controlling the game, so we knew that going in. We knew we needed to make some more shots. That's the bottom line - we need to make more shots. If we shoot the ball better, we're right in that game.
On positives from the game:
I liked their mental toughness and that they kept fighting. Even though they were struggling and going through some adversity, I thought we kept battling through. We're a young team and just have to keep trying to get better. We know it's going to be a journey to rebuild so we're just trying to go in that direction.
On the game:
We were hoping to get our first win tonight and it didn't go that way. We just didn't shoot well from the floor and that's the result. When you shoot 29 percent it's hard to win.
We didn't give up and we kept fighting and kept trying to make things happen. We just ran out of gas.
On seeing the team's growth:
Yes, for sure, there's definitely growth. We get better every game and do positive things every game. We just have to learn how to win and close out games and stop having these lulls where we don't score. We need better offensive execution because our defense is pretty good. I think we've forced over 100 turnovers in the first five games of the season and that's pretty good. Our defense is there; we just need to get our offense clicking.