Quotes: Silver Stars vs Lynx: 7/31/11


Dan Hughes

Jia Perkins

Jayne Appel

Cheryl Reeve

Lindsay Whalen

Taj McWilliams-Franklin

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Silver Stars Head Coach Dan Hughes

“It was a good basketball game. The two teams went back and forth at the end. (Lindsay) Whalen hit a tough but good shot. She had a good game. Give her credit for being timely in that situation. They are two good teams. We just did not have a good third quarter. Our third quarter negated some of the gains we had in the first half. They god real aggressive, rebounding-wise. It caused us some trouble in the second half, which they (Lynx) can do well. It was a good basketball game. We will move on and get ready for Seattle.”

(On the last play of the game) “We were just playing at that point. We guarded pretty well at one point, with some seconds left. We told them we had a foul to give, but you’re not going to foul a jump shooter and put her at the (free-throw) line. So we weren’t fouling there.”

(On the Silver Stars last possession) “What you saw was, we wanted to take a shot under 10 seconds and basically run pick-and-roll in Becky (Hammon)’s hands. We do that quite a lot, but we did not get a shot up.”


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Jia Perkins

“I think a lot of people have been waiting for this game. You know, number one and number two going to head-to-head. It was an exciting game. We were excited to have it. We’re not satisfied with the outcome, but we’ll learn from this and move forward.”

“This game doesn’t make or break us. There’s still a lot of basketball left to be played. We still have the whole second half and we play them again Thursday. We have a chance to redeem ourselves. They’re a great team; that’s why they’re in first place. We played hard and they played hard. They just made one more play than we did.”


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Jayne Appel

(On the last shot) “It was a tough shot; there’s not much more Becky (Hammon) could have done. It’s tough to say that it comes down to the last play because you know there are a lot of things we could have done.”

(When asked again later about the spot of the last shot) “In the corner. She’s a good player and it was a tough shot. All we could do at that point was hope that it would go in. Sometimes you get them to fall and sometimes you don’t.” “It was a game we really wanted and we did a lot of good things. We see them again next week which will be good for us…a quick turnaround. Just have to leave this game behind and get ready for the next one.”

(Is this one of those games that allows them to grow as a team) “A little bit. There’s a little bit more anxiousness to get out there again and play. Maybe it’ll go this way and that way in terms of us wanting to get back out there and play good basketball for four quarters.”


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Lynx Head Coach Cheryl Reeve

(Thoughts on the team’s defensive toughness.) “We were disappointed in the first half, we thought San Antonio really had their way with us. We just talked at halftime about some things we wanted to clean up and just play a lot harder. I thought San Antonio really came to play and lit us up and we made a change in the second half.”

(What was the call on the last play?) “The first option that we had was actually to go to Lindsay Whalen earlier, but we missed it. They ended up throwing the ball to Taj (McWilliams-Franklin) and we were coming by for a handoff, so it wasn’t necessarily supposed to come back around the way, but it did.”

(Do you ever get surprised that Lindsay is able to make the big play?) “No, that’s what she gets paid to do. That’s really big for us and what I thought was important is that when you get in that situation Seimone (Augustus) gets so much attention. I really felt that was an opportunity for her to take a little pressure off Seimone not to have to make a shot and we were lucky she made the shot.”


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Lindsay Whalen

(On the final play of the game) “The play was going away from me there. I was just kind of waiting to see what Maya (Moore) was going to do. She ended up going right back to me. (Silver Stars Head Coach Dan Hughes) was yelling to foul so I wanted to get the shot off because I knew there wouldn’t be enough time to run another set play after a foul. I just tried to get a shot up and over the defender and it went in.”

“It was a tough shot. Any time you’re fading away from the bucket and going out of bounds it’s a tough shot. I haven’t had one of those in awhile, a game-winner, so that was pretty cool.”

(On the teams play in the second half) “In the first half we didn’t feel like we really played like ourselves. Give San Antonio credit; they were playing really hard and playing really well together. In the second half we stepped up. We made some halftime adjustments. We have to give credit to Coach (Reeve) and our leaders for stepping up and making plays.”


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Taj McWilliams-Franklin

(On Lindsay Whalen’s play tonight) “In this game she was aggressive and was shooting the ball. She really drove the offense. We were able to get some offensive rebounds when she missed. She got some fouls and she just really got us going today. Everything runs through Lindsay whether we win or lose. If she gets things going the team is going the same way she is. She’s our leader on the court. She’s our point guard.”

“Your team comes and goes depending on your point guard.”

(On the final play of the game) “The play was made for Lindsay to get the ball at the end going the other way. Maya (Moore) skipped it up top and they switched on defense. I had a little on me and a big switched over to Lindsay. Lindsay just hit a great shot. You can’t sit in that Silver Stars locker room and think that we just out-played them. It was just a great shot. It could have gone either way at the end. I’m glad it went our way.”

(On her consistent and efficient game today) “It’s just what I do. They asked me to come here and do that. We have a lot of young players; players who haven’t been in a position where they were winning. When I first got the opportunity to talk to Coach (Reeve) that’s what she wanted. She wanted someone on defense who could speak up and talk about what was going on, on the floor and in the locker room. We have great talent here. They’ve said that about the Minnesota Lynx for years, but it never translated on the court. Coach wanted me to help those players translate all that talent onto the court. That’s what I’m here for. That’s what I do.”


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