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Postgame Quotes/Notes - Connecticut 74, Storm 67

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TONIGHT'S NOTES
  • Asjha Jones scored a layup with 42.0 seconds left to put Connecticut ahead for good. The Sun scored the game's last eight points.
  • The Storm lost for the first time this season at KeyArena and had a 10-game regular-season home winning streak (tying the franchise record) come to an end.
  • The Storm lost a third straight game for the first time since July 29-August 3, 2007.
  • Connecticut became the first WNBA team to nine wins.
  • The Sun has won five straight head-to-head matchups.
  • Lauren Jackson led all scorers with 26 points. Jackson had a season-high four steals.
  • Sue Bird scored nine of her 13 points in the first quarter.
  • Sheryl Swoopes grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds.
  • Making her second start, Tanisha Wright grabbed a career-high seven rebounds (previously six 3x) and tied her season high with four assists.
  • Sandrine Gruda scored a career-high 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
  • Tamika Raymond grabbed a season-high nine rebounds (six offensive).
  • Behind Gruda and Barbara Turner (13), Connecticut had a 29-5 advantage in bench scoring.
  • There were four lead changes and four ties in the fourth quarter.
  • The Storm started the game with an 11-2 run. Connecticut's key run was a 12-2 surge in the second quarter to get within one point.
  • June 16, 2008

    STORM HEAD COACH BRIAN AGLER:
    On the game:
    It was a tough one. We played a good team and they played well down the stretch. We had some good moments but couldn’t make the plays at the end. We’ll take tomorrow off and practice Wednesday and Thursday.

    Connecticut played really well tonight. We jumped ahead of them; they hung in there, fought back, and got the lead. We came back and got the lead, and then it went back and forth. There was a series of events that didn’t go our way.

    On the Storm's schedule:
    I thought we played pretty well. Taking into consideration what we’ve gone through in the last seven days, I thought we competed well. I thought Connecticut was more fresh than we were down the stretch and that was because they’ve had a week of practice and one game this week against LA. Their execution down the stretch sort of showed.

    On the team's defensive rebounding:
    They’re one of the best offensive rebounding teams in the league. That was a point of emphasis going into the game. Talking about it and doing it are two different things.

    GUARD SUE BIRD:
    On the game:
    We needed that one. It kind of stinks. You always want to defend your home court coming off a two-game losing streak. It’s a chance to be back home in your comfort zone and to get back playing well. I don’t think we played bad, but we gave up a lot of offensive rebounds, which was definitely the key to the game. That’s why they were able to stay in it early and take the lead later on. I don’t know it’s tough. It hurts a little bit, but we’ll have a couple days to practice and get ready for Indiana and I think it will be the best two days of the season for us.

    FORWARD LAUREN JACKSON:
    On the game:
    It was a really tough game. They played really scrappy and we didn’t capitalize on them going to the offensive boards every time. We just didn’t make plays.

    On the difference from the team's early-season fourth-quarter comebacks:
    We were missing a strong rebounder as well. But I don’t think for one minute that we can’t do it any more, like we’ve lost our spark. We’re missing a big part of our team right now and when (Yolanda Griffith) comes back, and her nine boards, it will help us out a lot.

    CONNECTICUT HEAD COACH MIKE THIBAULT:
    On whether pulling all his starters in the first quarter worked:
    I guess. They played better when we started the second half for a few minutes. It's good that we have the depth to be able to do that some nights. Sometimes you look down there and say, 'I wish I could do that, but I can't.' Our bench has been playing great and I thought they played really well. We got a spark from almost everybody in one form or another. We play so hard that we just try to wear people down. We're not the most talented team but we play together pretty well.

    On playing in Seattle:
    Historically, other than the playoffs that one year, we've played pretty well here. We may have been one of the last wins against them here at home. We won here last year in the middle of the season. Our players aren’t too fazed about being on the road. We’re 4-1 already this year on the road so we kind of enjoy it a little bit. (The L.A. loss) was a tough one to take. We had our chances to win that game. When you lose those, sometimes you wonder how you’re going to respond. I think the day off helped us to recover a little bit. We’ve got two more on this trip - that’ll make it interesting.

    On Barbara Turner's key three-pointer:
    She had just checked back in and we were looking for her to swing it and get it back one more time, but she saw the defender drop her hands so she made it. She made a similar play in the Minnesota game last week on the road, almost at the same spot in the game. The teams relax a little bit, you look like you’re going to pass … she’s good enough to get it up to her shooting hand pretty quickly when she looks like she’s going to pass. It was a big shot. I thought she played some pretty good defense. Shoot, I didn’t realize what a hero she was here after the ovation she got.

    On Turner:
    She’s played really well. Right now she’d have to be the candidate for the Sixth Man of the year award in the league. I don’t know anybody that’s coming off the bench playing much better than her right now. She’s averaging double-figures and giving us a spark every night. The pleasant part is her defense has been pretty good too. I’m thrilled. She was a good one to get. It’s really helped our team chemistry and everything else too.

    On Jackson:
    We know she’s going to get hers. We don’t have the same size matchup for her. We tell Asjha (Jones) to make her work for everything she gets and try to shut down as many other people as you can. Don’t let them be stars by getting offensive rebounds. Sheryl (Swoopes) almost turned it around with the steal she got. That’s what she’s good at, but we came right back and scored, so that was good.

    FORWARD BARBARA TURNER:
    On her pregame ovation:
    I expected it. The fans here are great. They still support me and send me messages on MySpace and everything. The fans here have just been unbelievable. That welcome made me feel really, really happy. During the introductions I couldn’t stop smiling. And I guess it caused the audio to go out because they were so loud.

    On her late three-pointer:
    Well, I had just given up two crucial offensive rebounds. And then that offensive play broke down. Lindsay (Whalen) drove to the baseline and she didn’t really have a shot, so I just slid to the corner. She found me and I knocked the shot in.

    On winning at KeyArena:
    The part about their home winning streak is their fans. The fans are unbelievable. Right away we didn’t do a good job of taking their crowd out of it and they got into a flow, but our bench did a great job of coming in and getting us into a rhythm. Then our starters picked it up from there. It wasn’t the way we wanted to start, but we were able to do the important things to win the game.

    On Thibault's first-quarter line change:
    That’s not normal. But it wasn’t necessarily how hard they were playing because our team always plays hard. It was just a mental thing. He wanted to try and change Seattle’s mindset and our mindset so that’s why he made those substitutions.

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