Postgame Quotes/Notes - Storm 89, Phoenix 78
On fearing a Mercury comeback:
That is a team that can score in bunches. No lead is secure. We had a lead that got cut back in a hurry. I thought we made some plays when we needed to. Lauren (Jackson) got some free throws when we needed her to.
On being called for five three-second calls:
I don't know what to make of that. That's just about five more than have been called all year. They were probably (legitimate) three second calls. Like in football, or any sport, there are things you can call on just about every possession if you choose to. They decided to call it that way tonight.
On Jackson's tough shooting first half:
They try to be very physical with her. Sometimes it's a box-and-one, they come in the lane and body her up. Tonight they tried to keep her in the lane longer so they'd get the three-second calls.
On Camille Little's performance:
She knows how to move without the ball around the basket. She can find seams and can cut through zones and cut over plays. She's got good hands and plays with a lot of composure. I like how Shyra (Ely)'s playing, and I like how Camille is playing. You can only play five at a time. I like how everybody's playing.
On the Storm's defense on Diana Taurasi:
I thought we did a better job than last time. She's one of those players that will take it by you, or if you trap her, she'll find the open man, or she will hit the three. You just keep her in front of you and pressure shots and try not to foul her. It's easier said than done.
On the game:
I think the game came down to the little run we made in the second half. Otherwise it was really close. They play that zone, so it can tend to get stagnant at times. Once we started getting better movement, we got better shots.
On the Mercury's defense:
They just guard Lauren - typical. Then they call three seconds ... weird.
On Kids Day:
The Noon game can be ear piercing, but to us, that's a benefit. The kids are cute and they like to scream.
On the Storm's defense:
Our defense is better than it ever has been since I've been on this team.
On the matchup with the Mercury:
I have a bit of fun playing against them. I try not to get too frustrated or I'll tear my hair out.
On being called for multiple three-second violations:
I think that's the first time all year I've been called for three seconds, and tonight I got five of them. I don't think the refereeing was brilliant. I think if the league is going to make a point of calling that, they should be consistent. Otherwise, we'll get held in the paint and can't move. It was funny because while we're getting held in the paint, Diana would run down court and stand and wait for a cut for five seconds. She wouldn't get touched and they wouldn't even call it. I was saying, 'C'mon guys.'
On the Storm:
Defense is setting the tone. I'm a believer that defense wins championships. This team is buying into that.
On handing out her 600th career assist:
What am I, 500 assists behind Sue?
On Saturday's matchup with Los Angeles:
If you don't have tickets, you'd better get them. Tell your neighbors and grab your popcorn. We're going to give it everything we've got.
On the game:
They played well; we played badly. We shot badly.
On Yolanda Griffith's strong start:
They made a concerted effort to get her the ball.
On the Storm's free-throw advantage:
They shot a lot of free throws, which, off the top of my head ... they shot 28. They made a run of free throws, which stops the game.
On the game:
I thought it was a great-played game. The shots didn't fall; it kind of made the game harder for us. I had a good third quarter. (Katie) Gearlds broke it open with a couple threes. Lauren hit a couple. Swin did a good job slashing in there for some easy buckets. We have a game tomorrow or the next day, so we really can't think about this one when it's done with.
On the game:
It was a hard game. Both teams played very hard and they just got the better of us.