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Postgame Quotes/Notes - Storm 74, Sacramento 62

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TONIGHT'S NOTES
  • The Storm used a 16-2 run at the end of the third and start of the fourth quarter to go from down eight to up six. Included was an 11-0 surge.
  • Over the first two games, the Storm has an 88-54 second-half advantage.
  • The Storm started 2-0 for the second straight season and third time ever.
  • Three Storm players (Sue Bird, Swin Cash and Yolanda Griffith) tied for the team lead with 17 points.
  • Bird shot 8-for-8 from the free-throw line. In 2007, her season high was four made free throws.
  • Katie Gearlds scored all nine of her points in the fourth quarter, making three three-pointers.
  • After scoring eight points in the first 5:18 of the game, Kara Lawson had only one bucket the rest of the game.
  • The Storm shot 95.7% (22-of-23) from the free-throw line. That's the best mark by any WNBA team this season (previously 88.9% by Indiana on May 17).
  • Sacramento's 24 turnovers tied the most by a WNBA team this season (Connecticut at New York, May 18). The Monarchs had 16 turnovers in the first half, tying a franchise record for a half (previously vs. Washington, first, July 29, 1999
  • Sacramento held a 25-9 rebounding advantage in the first half. The Storm then outrebounded the Monarchs 21-13 after halftime.
  • Sacramento had more offensive rebounds (five) than the Storm had defensive rebounds (four) in the first half.
  • The four Storm defensive rebounds in the first half tied a Monarchs opponent record (previously done twice, most recently vs. Miami, second, on Aug. 2, 2000).
  • The Storm shot 0-for-7 from three-point range in the first half and 6-of-8 from downtown after halftime, including 5-of-5 in the fourth quarter.
  • Seattle assisted on 12 of the team's 14 second-half field goals
  • May 20, 2008

    STORM HEAD COACH BRIAN AGLER:
    On the game:
    I was sort of disappointed in how we played the first half. I thought we would be more ready to go but a lot of that had to do with Sacramento. They come out and sting you with their defense; they deny and sort of put us on our heels. We're learning a lot about our team, and I told them that in there. We're still in a learning process in what works well for us and what doesn't work well. Hopefully we can have some defensive stands like we've had the last two games to keep us in the games and give us a chance to have some success.

    On the team's slow starts:
    I'm always going to be concerned, just because you're always like that as a coach. You always want your team to steadily improve and I think we are improving. You always want things to happen right away. But it's probably not going to be right away, it's probably going to be a process through the season. But we'll watch the film, see how we can get better and start getting ready for Phoenix.

    On Katie Gearlds' contributions:
    She hit huge shots for us. It's nice for someone like her to just come in and knock down shots to really stretch the defense. She's always had the ability to do that. I'm glad that she's stepping forward and providing that for us right now.

    On what he's learned about the team:
    Little things. They extended their defense against us and we weren't very good at handling the pressure coming up the floor. We're learning a lot about ourselves there. We have to provide some more opportunities to get Lauren (Jackson) more inside-out instead of just on the outside. And we have to get our energy level up earlier, get that alarm bell to go off earlier.

    FORWARD KATIE GEARLDS:
    On her shooting:
    That's what I get paid for, to come in the game and knock down shots. My teammates found me and I was able to knock them down and spark a little run.

    On the difference in the second half:
    We were trailing pretty much the whole game until we got some stops. The first half was a little sluggish but we played good enough defense to give ourselves a chance to win the basketball game.

    GUARD SUE BIRD:
    On being more aggressive offensively:
    It was just something I had to do. I think the last couple of years I was content to let my teammates take on the offensive burden. But I think I'm too good of an offensive player to do that. Not that I'm as good as the rest of them but I do have to take on some of the load.

    Pretty much at the end of last year I made the decision that I need to shoot the ball more. I need to be more aggressive. I think it just got to a point where we just had so many scorers on our teamů I just never wanted to force the issue as much as I probably should.

    SACRAMENTO HEAD COACH JENNY BOUCEK:
    On the game:
    Seattle is a great team with a lot of weapons and a lot of players who are used to stepping up and making plays. They showed how good they are and we're not quite there yet. We have a long way to go, there's no question. We have a young team. And even our players who aren't as young are in bigger roles. We're on a steep learning curve.

    On what the team learned in the game:
    I think that they learned just how tough you have to be to win games. We showed that we can play with good teams and be successful, which is an encouraging thing for a young team that's not quite sure about all of this yet. We learned how hard it is to win and close it out and just how tough the league is going to be every game.

    FORWARD REBEKKAH BRUNSON:
    On the difference in the game after halftime:
    I think we just didn't continue to play defense the way we did in the first half. In the first half, we were really focused on our defense and we did all the little things we needed to do on that end. Coming out in the second half, we didn't continue to do that.

    On what the Monarchs learned:
    I think a lot of the younger players learned tonight that we can't have any let ups. We have to play for 40 minutes and even if we feel like we're ahead for a little while, we cannot have any let ups. We have to continue to play harder than the other team if we want to win.