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Postgame Quotes/Notes - Storm 64, Washington 49

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TONIGHT'S NOTES
  • The Storm held an opponent under 50 points for the seventh time in franchise history. The 47 points allowed were also a season low (previously 57 vs. San Antonio on May 30).
  • The Mystics were last held under 50 points on Aug. 26, 2005 at Connecticut (47 points). Their previous season low was 52 vs. San Antonio on June 6.
  • The Storm earned its second-largest win of the season and third by double-figures. The Storm led by double-figures the entire fourth quarter.
  • Washington had a three-game road winning streak snapped.
  • The Storm improved to 8-1 at KeyArena this season.
  • Sue Bird (14 points) led the Storm in scoring for the third time this season.
  • Sheryl Swoopes handed out a season-high five assists and tied her season high with a pair of blocks.
  • Alana Beard (16) was the only Mystics player to score double-figures.
  • The Storm forced four shot-clock violations. Seattle now leads the WNBA, having forced 19 shot-clock violations this season.
  • Washington's 20 turnovers marked the third time this season the Storm has forced at least 20. Seattle is 3-0 in those games.
  • The Mystics had six offensive rebounds, a Storm opponent season low (previously nine at New York on June 30.
  • Washington was held scoreless for a 6:28 stretch during the third quarter after cutting the Storm's lead to seven points.
  • The Mystics handed out a season-low eight assists.
  • June 29, 2008

    STORM HEAD COACH BRIAN AGLER:
    On the game:
    We need to start playing with a purpose and sometimes we get out there and start running up and down the floor and we donít have sometimes a feel for the game. I think tonight we had a lot more feel for what was going on. Thatís sort of what weíre at. I think we need to really start trying to take control of games. I thought we did that with not only our offense but our defense too. We played against a team thatís playing real well. They have some weapons.

    On whether this was the team's best defensive effort of the season:
    It is. And I even told them that in the locker room.

    On Sue Bird getting off to a quick scoring start:
    We really want her to be aggressive. Sheís doing that. I like it when the ball is in her hands. I donít like it when the ball is floating around. I like her to be assertive and when sheís like that we have a chance to be pretty good.

    On the Storm's rebounding:
    We really had a big focus. When you asked me that question we really didnít get into specifics but Iím sure the players probably told you what our point of emphasis was. It canít end in one game. It has got to be continual. It was good to see everybody be a part of that.

    On getting balanced scoring:
    Obviously weíd like to score more points. But the game wasnít quite as fast-paced. We really made sure to run our offense and they were trying to do the same thing. There werenít as many possessions.

    GUARD SUE BIRD:
    On the Storm's mindset:
    I think our team is different than it has been. I canít speak for them but weíre more defensive-minded and we get it done at the defensive end.

    On holding Washington to 49 points:
    To keep them under 50 is pretty impressive considering the great scorers they have on their team. Theyíre a team that hits the boards pretty hard, but we outrebounded them, so that was pretty good. Regardless, it could have been 120 to 105; as long as we win I really donít care.

    On getting balanced scoring:
    Thatís our offense. Weíre equal opportunity. Weíve talked about that all year. Itís just trying to get the ball in the right place at the right time. Itís up to everybody to take advantage of that. I think we did a good job.

    FORWARD LAUREN JACKSON:
    On the game:
    It was great game. Iím really happy we won. We played great defense. We just have to keep getting better.

    WASHINGTON HEAD COACH TREE ROLLINS:


    On the game:
    We never got a rhythm offensively or defensively. I thought we had a pretty good practice yesterday preparing for Seattle. We knew they'd play well at home and had a tough loss against L.A., so we knew they'd be coming out burning. That's the first game that I've seen that they were able to make outside shots. We thought our zone would really force them to take outside shots, which it did, and they made them. They made shots and we did not. But on top of that we did not have a rhythm. We didn't play good enough to win the game.

    On the Storm's defense:
    Well, those shot-clock violations, you can credit their defense, but I look at it as we never got a rhythm. I kept shuffling the lineup trying to find somebody to get going, but we just couldn't get it going.

    On whether fatigue was a factor on the road:
    No, it's not like we've been playing back-to-back. We played L.A. and got here in plenty of time and took a day off. We practiced later yesterday and had plenty of time to get rest. So fatigue wasn't a factor at all.

    On playing in Seattle:
    It's tough. They do hold their home court. You expect every team to do that, but they do a very good job. They've got great, great fans. It's always loud here. They have great fan participation to push them on. They play well at home.

    GUARD ALANA BEARD:
    On the game:
    I think it was just a matter of us not being on the same page as a team, both offensively and defensively. Like coach said, there's no excuse having won the way that we had in L.A. We were clicking on all cylinders and then came in here and played the way that we did.

    On being unable to find a rhythm:
    I agree. From the tip, Seattle came out gunning. They were clicking on all cylinders and we trailed the entire game.

    On the Washington offense:
    There was a lot of indecisiveness on our part and that comes with knowing your plays, knowing where you're going next with the ball and moving offensively.

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