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Postgame Quotes/Notes - San Antonio 78, Storm 70, OT

San Antonio (12-20) 78, Storm (16-16) 70 (OT)
August 8, 2003

STORM COACH ANNE DONOVAN:

On the game:
We worked hard on making the team move. We work hard to get one thing fixed and then something else breaks down. Tonight it was free throws.

On the remainder of the season:
It’s about pride at this point. Whatever is going to happen is going to happen. We have two games left to show our fans and just finish out as strong as we can.

FORWARD LAUREN JACKSON:

On the remainder of the season:
We just have to keep positive. We have to stay focused and continue to play. Coach has been positive and told us to just keep playing hard. (Adrienne) Goodson and (Marie) Ferdinand won the game for them. They’re great players.

GUARD SUE BIRD:

On Goodson and Ferdinand:
They know what they do well and they execute that.

On the remainder of the season:
It’s an uphill battle, but we’re still in it.

SILVER STARS COACH SHELL DAILEY:

On the game:
We played well down the stretch. We talked about the rebounding. We were behind (in rebounds) the entire game and needed to crash the boards. I was pleased with their performance.

On playing well down the stretch:
We had a goal and we still do. We want to finish the season strong and build a foundation for next year and not go back to our old habits just because we’re not in the playoffs.

GUARD MARIE FERDINAND:

On the game:
Wins like this are good and bad. They’re a good win for the fans, but they’re bad because we see what the team is capable of doing.

On Goodson’s performance:
She plays like she’s twenty-one. She’s unbelievable to watch. She brings tons of energy night in and night out.

FORWARD ADRIENNE GOODSON:

On winning the final home game of the season:
We’re blessed with great fans. Even when we struggled at the beginning of the season, the fans stuck with us. It’s easy for fans to become wishy-washy, but they never gave up. The love and the energy we get from them has carried us.

Notes:

  • This was the Storm’s fifth straight loss, dropping them to an even .500 – 16-16 – on the season. The Silver Stars started the Storm’s slide in Seattle last Tuesday with an 87-77 victory, and take the season series three games to one. San Antonio snapped a one-game losing streak and has won three of its last four games.
  • The Silver Stars completed their home schedule, the Storm their road games. San Antonio finished with a 9-8 record at the SBC Center, while the Storm ended up with 5-12 road mark. The Storm lost its last seven games of the season away from KeyArena, and its last eight against Western Conference foes.
  • At 16-16, the Storm is now a game and a half back of the 17-14 Sacramento Monarchs for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Monarchs must lose all of their remaining games and the Storm must win out, concluding with the season finale against Sacramento at KeyArena, to earn a playoff spot.
  • This was the second overtime game of the season for the Storm (5/30 vs. Los Angeles was the other), both of them losses. For San Antonio, this was the only overtime game of the season so far. The Silver Stars dominated overtime, outscoring the Storm 14-6.
  • Just to get to overtime, the Storm needed a pair of threes in the final 1:19, the game’s only scores in that stretch. Guards Sue Bird and Sandy Brondello hit the shots to tie the game at 64. The Storm had a chance to win after forcing a shot-clock violation, but Bird’s attempt came up short. San Antonio’s Marie Ferdinand missed at the buzzer to send the game to overtime.
  • The Storm, which came into the game one of the WNBA’s top free-throw shooting teams at 78.6%, struggled for the second straight night at the line, making just 11 of 18 shots (61.1%). San Antonio, meanwhile, made 18 of 20 attempts (90%).
  • San Antonio was led by the 26 points of forward Adrienne Goodson and the 25 of Ferdinand. Goodson’s 26 points were a season high, beating her previous best of 22 at Detroit on 7/1. Ferdinand was one point away from her season high of 26 points, also set 7/1 at Detroit. The duo combined for 10 of the Silver Stars 14 points in overtime.
  • Storm MVP candidate Lauren Jackson recorded her 10th double-double in her last 11 games, scoring 22 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Jackson now has 13 double-doubles this season, tied for the best mark in the WNBA with Detroit’s Cheryl Ford and Washington’s Chamique Holdsclaw, and 22 in her three-year career.
  • Storm rookie Jung Sun-Min had the best game of her career, seeing a career-high 24 minutes of action. Jung scored a career-high 10 points on 5-for-10 shooting.
  • Despite the key three, Bird continued to struggle against the Silver Stars, making just four of 15 shot attempts. Bird was 14-for-42 from the field against San Antonio this season.