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Postgame Quotes/Notes - Storm 71, Houston 64

Storm 71 (17-16), Houston (20-13) 64
August 23, 2003

STORM COACH ANNE DONOVAN:

On winning without Kamila Vodichkova:
We all recognize that we’re playing a little bit better and a little bit smarter in Kamila’s absence now. So I think we’re gaining more confidence, just like it took us a while to recover after Adia (Barnes was injured).

On the finale against Sacramento:
Sacramento is one of the best teams in the league. Since they made the coaching change, they are one of the best teams in the league, we’re well aware of that. And they’ll challenge for sure in the Western Conference. It’s a game in where we’ll put everything out there, where we have nothing to lose. Hopefully we’ll have another great crowd behind us and we can put it all out there and hopefully come up with a win.

FORWARD LAUREN JACKSON:

On the KeyArena crowd:
I’m so happy that Seattle is embracing us. For them to come out tonight after we are out of the playoffs is incredible. It felt really good. We just went out and played and tried to enjoy it. Houston is on a bit of a losing streak now so we tried to take advantage of it. We’ve got nothing to lose so we just go out there and play.

On Simone Edwards’ play:
I just told her to go out there and be aggressive and be comfortable because she’s got skills, that’s the bottom line and she did t tonight. I just told her to go out there, have fun, and do what you do best.

On the finale against Sacramento:
They’re a great team. I think they come out of the West and take the Western Conference championship. We’re just going to go out and play like we did tonight. We have nothing to lose so we’re just doing it for the fans now. Just pride. We’re going to go out and enjoy it.

CENTER SIMONE EDWARDS:

On her play:
I go in there and try to go hard. I know I might miss one or two shots but I just need to go hard. It felt so good. Go hard or don’t go at all.

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COMETS COACH VAN CHANCELLOR:

On the Storm’s play:
With Seattle eliminated, you’ve got to give them a ton of credit. They came in here and played with a lot of emotion. Their fans provided them tremendous support and put them over the top. That’s what makes the WNBA so special. Lauren and Sue (Bird) played extremely well for the Storm, give them special credit as well.

FORWARD TINA THOMPSON:

On missing out on home-court advantage:
It seems like that’s kind of what you play for, but we lost today so it puts us in a position where we’re going to stay in second place and have home-court advantage in the first round and then have to fight for whoever comes net. You play to put yourself in a certain position and losing tonight we’ve put ourselves in a position that we necessarily didn’t want to be in going into the playoffs, but those are the breaks and we have to play from this point on.

On the matchup with Jackson:
It’s always competitive. Lauren is young and very talented. To be 6-5, she’s very versatile and I think that she’s a tremendous player. She comes with a lot of intensity and fire every single game. We play this game to compete and she’s a competitor.

Notes:

  • With the win, the Storm snapped a season-high five game losing streak. The Storm had also lost two straight home games. Houston now has a two-game losing streak and has lost four of five games, including three straight road losses. The Comets and the Storm split the season series, each team winning its two home games. Houston still holds a 10-3 all-time advantage in the series. The Storm avenged a 52-47 defeat in Houston on Tuesday. The Storm has tied its all-time wins mark with 17 after going 17-15 last season. The home win is Seattle’s 12th of the season, extending the new team record.
  • Storm forward Lauren Jackson finished with team highs of 22 points and 8 rebounds. It was the 19th time this season Jackson scored 20 points or more, and she has led the Storm in scoring 25 times and in rebounding 21 times. Jackson’s three-point play off of a jump ball with 1:26 left allowed the Storm to open its lead to 68-64 and the Comets would get no closer.
  • After the Storm opened up a lead as large as five early in the first half, the Comets took a 37-33 advantage to the break. The Storm is now 3-8 when trailing at the half. Houston drops to 14-3 when leading at halftime.
  • The Comets went on a 5-0 run to tie the game at 62-all at the 2:23 mark on a Sheryl Swoopes three-pointer. From that point on, the Storm outscored the Comets 9-2 to get the win.
  • Reserve forward Tonya Massaline had a Storm-high seven points off the bench in 21 minutes. Massaline and guard Rita Williams combined for 12 reserve points in the second half. Storm center Simone Edwards finished with 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting, her second straight double-figures scoring effort at KeyArena and her third of the season.
  • Tina Thompson led the Comets with 18 points and 10 rebounds, her third double-double of the season. MVP Swoopes was held to seven points on 3-for-6 shooting, five of them in the final two and a half minutes. Massaline and Amanda Lassiter, a former Comets player, combined to hold Swoopes in check. Swoopes’ season low is five points, on 6/7 at Connecticut when she played just 11 minutes because of an injury.
  • The Comets held a commanding 32-21 advantage on the boards. The Storm’s 21 rebounds were just one of the team’s season low of 20, 5/22 at Houston. The Storm is now 6-10 when being outrebounded, Houston 10-7 when grabbing more rebounds.
  • After shooting 35.1% (Storm) and 31.0% (Comets) from the field in Tuesday’s matchup, the teams shot 47.5% (Storm) and 46.3% (Comets) in tonight’s game.