Postgame Quotes/Notes - Storm 78, San Antonio 57
On the game:
I think we got better over the last week, which we needed to. San Antonio was sort of the bar that we were trying to get to. I just want to make one point: They are an excellent team. They didn't play quite as well tonight. I don't want to take anything away from us, but they're going to be right there in the end. They've got a lot of weapons. Ruth (Riley) being out didn't help the rotation at all.
On holding Becky Hammon and Sophia Young in check:
Those two, they're great players. I think all of us standing here have been around athletics long enough to know everybody has an off night. I would hope we had a little bit to do with that, but I know what kind of competitors those players are and they'll bounce back.
On Lauren Jackson starting the game well:
I think it was big. She got off to a good start and I think she may have scored our first nine points. I don't know what it was. It was a great start by her. I'm happy for that because she's one of the best, if not the best. We need for her to really step up and do those things.
On having a lead at halftime:
That was a little bit new for us. I probably was more excited about how we started the game than anything else. I think the time and energy we put in to this week of practice paid off. I hope that we'll build on top of that.
On the Storm's rebounding:
If you look at our statistics, we've been outrebounded by an average of almost seven rebounds per game. Part of that is we've shot the ball so poorly there have been more defensive rebounds for our opponents. But we definitely talked about that this week. We wanted to be a better rebounding team, and I think we can keep getting better. There were some boards I thought we could have come up with that we didn't, but we got better in that area.
On falling behind early:
I thought they came out and really did a great job of getting Lauren involved in their offense. I thought they were the aggressor and deserve a lot of credit. They executed and defended very well. Lauren was fantastic. She really set the tone for the basketball game.
On playing without Riley:
Seattle is good enough that you need all of your weapons. No excuses. The reality is they outplayed us and they deserved to win. They were the aggressor in almost every area that you would want to be. They made it a very physical game and were able to set the tone that way.
On Ann Wauters' performance:
When we were able to move the ball efficiently, we could bring out our post game, but we had a hard time shooting it and we had a hard time really spreading the floor. But she gives a nice element from the standpoint of mobility and her ability to finish inside. We're still kind of ingraining her in what we do, but it's nice to see that.
On falling behind early:
It's a good lesson for us. Being on the road, it's always difficult. But when we start like that it's just really, really hard to come back in the game. They played good. I didn't think we read well how they defended us. We couldn't make any baskets and that makes it so hard.
She's one of the best. When she gets going, it's very, very hard to stop her.
On making the adjustment back to the WNBA:
I'm getting there. I have to adjust. It's very physical. It's a different game than in Europe. The pace is faster and it's just so much more physical.
On practice has helped her learn a new system:
Yeah, we had a good week of practice. I feel pretty confident now within this team. It's going pretty well.