Postgame Quotes: Mercury vs. Fever, Game 4 - Oct. 7, 2009
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Mercury Head Coach Corey Gaines
Opening statement: "Well, we came out with our backs against the wall I shouldn't say "we," I should say the players did. They gave it their all tonight and we changed the game plan just a little bit. We tried to use their defense against them. Learned a valuable lesson tonight, sometimes less is more."
On how many plays they ran during the game: "One. Over and over again. One play. "
On playing against Indiana's defense: "I thought we did a great job on the perimeter attacking the defense, using the pick and roll. We know that Indiana has a great defense, especially that weak side help, but we were looking to be aggressive from the beginning and I think we did a great job of that. "
On playing in an elimination game: "I think the first thing is being calm, not looking at it as elimination. We know our backs were against the wall, but we couldn't focus on that. We had to come out and play Mercury basketball, which I think we did for 40 minutes. We wanted to come out very positive with a lot of energy on both end of the floor and attack."
Opening statement: "I thought Phoenix shot the ball extremely well tonight. I thought we had some moments when our defense broke down a little bit. But at the end of the day when you're able to outrebound this team and able to get more points in the paint, more second chance points but you don't shoot well like we did. It's going to be hard for us to win when Katie Douglas is 2 for 14, Briann is 1 for 9. I thought there were times there where we missed shots that we needed to hit, to keep up with the offensive firepower that Phoenix has. "
On going back to Phoenix: "I think what I have to stress to the team is we have to do it the hard way. They had to do it the hard way, tonight they had to win, and now we've got to go out there and do it the hard way. Everybody needs to understand the only situation we've got here is we're tied. We're tied. We've got to go out there, knock down a few more shots, get a couple more defensive stops and let's see what happens. We've already proven we can score well out there, so we'll see."
On Phoenix's energy: "I think they definitely came out and one of the things that I know they've been talking about is how they began the game in Games 2 and 3. And how we jumped on them right from the beginning and it seemed like tonight that was their mentality, definitely jumping on us quick."
On Indiana fans: "I thought the fans were amazing. They have come out to support us these last two games, and they've shown and rallied behind us to a point where we couldn't imagine seeing 18,000 fans at Conseco Fieldhouse, you know, especially at a women's basketball, WNBA game. There has been so much talk about us that we've got people coming and showing their support and buying tickets. Those weren't free tickets, those were bought tickets. We're all extremely appreciative and we thank them a lot. And we just can't explain how grateful we are for them. "