Postgame Quotes/Notes: Storm 84, San Antonio 75
STORM HEAD COACH BRIAN AGLER:
On the game:
We did a lot of really good things. It wasn't great. We felt like we may have let up a little in the third quarter, but they have a tendency to do that to people. That being said, overall it was a good game for us.
On Lauren Jackson reaching 6,000 points days after Tina Thompson got to 7,000:
Very similar to Tina. The nice thing with her is that she has done them all for Seattle. Hopefully she will get a chance to catch up with Tina.
On how holding a lead factored into Jackson's playing time:
It wasn't a factor at all. We knew we were going to stay around 10 minutes tonight.
On Jackson's minutes in Sunday's season finale:
We will see. We just go day to day.
On Jackson's play:
I thought it was the best she played rhythm-wise since she has been back. She played a really good pace. Obviously she's moving well. Shot the ball well and that was the one reason her minutes gave us the chance to get the lead.
On Ann Wauters' performance:
Ann is getting better and it's not that we didn't envision this. This is why she's here, and she is starting to feel comfortable. Healthy, moving well, so she's very impactful there around the rim and made some really good finishes.
On seeing Katie Smith playing with confidence:
I do. She's running the point a lot for us which I think has been a really good thing. She is playing with a lot of poise and determination and toughness. She's a good defender, so she's done a lot of good things for us.
STORM CENTER LAUREN JACKSON:
On reaching 6,000 career points:
I didn't even think about it. Nobody said anything until it got to the timeout and then everyone was cheering and I was like 'Damn, that must have been a nice layup!'
STORM FORWARD KATIE SMITH:
On Jackson's milestone:
It was awesome. She'll keep adding on. It's fun to see her do it, Tina do it and I got it. It's kind of funny to have three of us on one team. It's great for her, it's another milestone. It's hard for all of us because we just play. You don't do it for anything other than you want to do the best that you can and for her, she's a scorer and those things add up. For all of us, we just downplay stuff just because later on we will look back and be like, 'Man, that's pretty cool.' Now you just want to knock down the open looks, but it's really cool to have the three of us that have put up a lot of points.
STORM CENTER ANN WAUTERS:
On her rebounding:
I was trying to be aggressive on the boards and get those rebounds because they hurt us with second-chance opportunities, and then maybe seven or eight in the first half, which is way too much. I was just trying to do my job.
On Jackson's play:
She played amazing. I have no idea how she does that. She didn't play much but right away you see how she can be effective and so aggressive those minutes she was on the court. It was pretty great to see that. I think going into the playoffs, everybody is really excited.
She has to take care of her injuries and whenever she's injury-free - you guys have seen her play a lot of years - she's a very dominant player. If she's injury-free, she's one of the best.
On the Storm's post depth:
We have five post players so we know we can be very aggressive and the time we are on the court we can give everything.
On getting extended minutes recently:
After my injury, it's always important to get back into the game rhythm and when things happen, some other injuries have given me opportunities to play more. It was good for me personally to get back into that flow of games and game rhythm and being aggressive and physical.
On halftime adjustments:
I just felt like we were a play behind there in the first half, especially in the second quarter. And Seattle shot the ball extremely well at that point. Our players did a good job coming out in the second half. They gave great effort and better execution. I was really pleased with our second-half performance. On facing Jackson for the first time this season:
Well, she's a great player. She gives them space on the court because you have to cover the three. She gives them size in the interior to go down low and score. She's a player that defensively, you have to pay a lot of attention to.. On the team's mindset going into the playoffs:
We feel like that this is a very interesting playoff situation in the West. I think that the teams are pretty evenly matched and I think it's setting up for one of the best playoffs I can remember. You have three teams that have won 20 games and Seattle is getting healthy now. I think its must-see TV.
On her reception from Storm fans:
It's always great coming back here. I feel like the fans have never forgotten our few years here, especially the championship. It feels like I'm coming home in a different way. I mean the fans are great. They are awesome the way they cheer for the Storm and it's nice that they still give me that recognition.
On her memories of playing in Seattle:
Well, I guess there was one single game when Sue (Bird) got injured in the first round against Minnesota. She broke her nose and I had to step up in that game. And knocking down a three in the championship series against Connecticut was memorable. It's just having fun out there with Lauren singing the 'Land Down Under' song every warm-up. Just little things like that, I will always treasure.
On facing the L.A. in the playoffs:
It's going to be tough. You look at the way they're playing now and they're also very fiery. Alana Beard is playing great basketball. (Candace) Parker is starting to be that leader. And you've got Nneka Ogwumike, who is being so complementary to the star players. It's going to be a fun series.