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Postgame Quotes/Notes - Storm 75, Detroit 67

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TONIGHT'S NOTES
  • The Storm improved to 5-0 at KeyArena this season and has won nine straight home games dating back to 2007, one off the franchise record of 10 straight home wins from July 15, 2005 through May 21, 2006.
  • The Storm snapped Detroit's six-game winning streak, which has been the longest streak in the WNBA this season.
  • With two offensive rebounds, the Storm tied the franchise record low, previously done July 25, 2000 at Houston and July 27, 2000 at Los Angeles. That's also the fewest offensive rebounds for a team in the WNBA in 2008.
  • Lauren Jackson led the Storm with 24 points, her third time this season with 20-plus. Jackson handed out a career-high-tying five assists (previously done 3x, most recently June 4, 2006 vs. San Antonio).
  • Jackson's three blocks also tied a season high.
  • Sheryl Swoopes tied her season high with 15 points.
  • Kara Braxton's eight free throws were a career high.
  • Plenette Pierson pulled down a season-high 10 rebounds.
  • Alexis Hornbuckle grabbed a career-high seven rebounds.
  • Katie Smith scored 16 of her 18 points after halftime.
  • The Storm shot 53.8%, the first time this year the team has bettered 50%. Seattle's 54.5% shooting from three was also a season high (previously 40.0%).
  • Detroit committed a season-low eight turnovers.
  • The Shock is 0-2 in the second half of back-to-backs, both of their losses.
  • The Storm's starting lineup outscored Detroit's starters 68-29.
  • June 7, 2008

    STORM HEAD COACH BRIAN AGLER:
    On the game:
    I thought we played well at both ends of the floor tonight. I was really excited how we played. We did a good job on Deanna Nolan. Katie's (Smith) a player. Katie is on a roll. She didn't get her 30 tonight; she got 18, so we held her under her weekly average. I thought our interior defense was excellent against their post players. They're a good team. They're about as good a team as there is in the league. We're real satisfied with this win.

    On the Storm shooting 53.8 percent from the field:
    One of our best of the year. We came out and shot the ball well. The thing that probably impressed me the most was that on our 28 baskets we had 20 assists. That sort of gives you an idea of how we played tonight.

    On Sheryl Swoopes' performance:
    She's getting better. She's coming back, but when you're going through something like this you're going to go through a little bit of a roller coaster. There could be some more dips, but it's nice to see these spikes. It was a vintage Sheryl Swoopes three-point shot late in the game, which was a big shot for us. She did a good job for us defensively and I think she's moving in the right direction.

    On getting Lauren Jackson going early:
    Lauren is just a tremendously tough matchup for everybody, because she's so versatile and can score from anywhere on the floor. Her teammates did a great job of getting her the ball, but she was very assertive tonight.

    GUARD SUE BIRD:
    On the Storm:
    The more time we get to play with each other, especially in practice, the better we get. There is definitely no hiding that. We've played the most games in the WNBA thus far, team-wise, so we've had less practice time. The more practice we get, the better we get.

    On her big three-pointer late in the game:
    They were in zone, so in order to make the zone pay you have to knock down some open shots. I hadn't shot up to that point against the zone so I just let it fly. Obviously I wanted it to go in, that was the plan, but while it was happening it was just an open shot that I was shooting.

    On the importance of the win after an 0-2 road trip:
    Huge. You want to end a losing streak and a lot of Western Conference teams lost yesterday. So this was a good opportunity for us, we knew that coming in. It was a little bit of a revenge factor for us against Detroit because you never want to lose a series to a team, even an Eastern Conference team. So we split with them for the season and hopefully we'll see them again. That will be a good sign if that happens. It was a big win at a lot of different levels.

    FORWARD LAUREN JACKSON:
    On the Storm's defense on Smith:
    She killed us last game, so we worked on a few things the other day. We just tried to stop her offensively.

    On tying the season series with Detroit:
    It wasn't so much revenge for me; it was just trying to win. We've lost two games in a row, it was definitely frustrating losing, but just being able to win the way we did with everyone playing well - it felt good.

    DETROIT HEAD COACH BILL LAIMBEER:
    On the game:
    We gave it a good effort. Our shots just didn't go in. We took care of the ball, we rebounded well, we played OK defense and the shots didn't go in so we lost.

    On playing a back-to-back:
    We don't whine, we don't make excuses for anything. We come to play basketball every night. Doesn't matter where, who, how or when - we're coming to play. Our shots didn't go in tonight.

    On off shooting nights from Nolan and Smith:
    Our guards are where we really thrive and for our guards to shoot as poorly as they did tonight, it put us in a little bit of a hole. We had our moment where if we'd made a couple shots and got a couple of stops we would have gotten back into it, but we just didn't get done.

    On Sue Bird's big fourth-quarter three-pointer:
    That happens. This is professional basketball and people are going to make plays. We just didn't make enough of them.

    GUARD KATIE SMITH:
    On the game:
    We didn't make a lot of shots early and got off to a slow start. We dug ourselves a hole and hung around that six, seven, to 10 to 12 (differential) and couldn't quite get over the hump. They played with a lot of energy and they had couple of people hit big shots at crucial times. We got it to six and then bam, (Tanisha) Wright hits a last-second shot. There were a lot of things we could've done a little bit better, but they made shots when they needed to. They had nice little cushion and we couldn't quite fight over it.

    On playing a back-to-back:
    That's life. They did it, we do it we just couldn't find the range early. They came out and pushed the ball and were aggressive. Obviously playing them so close and after winning at our place, they were amped up. It's a tough one. But they played hard and we'll give them that. We just didn't quite do enough.

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