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Postgame Quotes/Notes - Storm 90, Minnesota 62

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TONIGHT'S NOTES
  • The Storm defeated Minnesota for the sixth consecutive time and has won seven straight head-to-head meetings at KeyArena.
  • The 28-point margin of victory tied the 10th-largest in franchise history and was the biggest ever by the Storm over Minnesota (previously 17).
  • The win was the Storm's largest since July 10, 2007.
  • Lauren Jackson scored a season-high 26 points. She has scored 20-plus points in all six games this season.
  • Jackson's six steals were a career high. Previously, she had five vs. Utah on Aug. 3, 2001.
  • Sue Bird handed out a season-high 10 assists and did not commit a turnover.
  • Janell Burse scored a season-high 14 points off the bench.
  • Katie Gearlds' 11 points on 3-of-5 from three were also a season high.
  • Charde Houston scored nine of her 11 points in the first quarter and did not score after halftime.
  • Rookie Rashanda McCants had career highs of eight points and five rebounds.
  • The Storm made a season-high 38 trips to the free throw line. Previously, the team's season high was 16 3x.
  • The Storm handed out 21 assists on 26 field goals (80.7 percent assisted).
  • Minnesota's 62 points were a season low and the fewest allowed by the Storm this season (previously 64 at CHI on 6/14).
  • The Storm's 8-of-14 three-point shooting (.571) was identical to what the team shot in the June 12 meeting between the teams.
  • June 19, 2009

    STORM HEAD COACH BRIAN AGLER:
    On the Lynx playing on the road without Seimone Augustus:
    I think you'll have to ask them about Seimone. Our focus was on ourselves and who was here instead of who wasn't. We've been on the road four out of five, so we know how it is. Everybody's got to go through it. It's not easy. I'm sure the road trip didn't help.

    On starting well:
    Well, we've done it two out of four times. I guess I would like to be a little bit more consistent with that. We'll see. I think as the season goes and we start getting better, hopefully we can get on the road and be fresh and those things will carry over.

    On the benefit of a week off:
    I think when we practice, we get better. I think we improved. We had three days of practice there. We play two games, then we'll get another set of three practices next week and then we'll play some more. It always helps.

    On Janell Burse's game:
    Janell's playing well. She started coming on in that road trip. She gives us quality minutes. She played well. She made a heck of a pass to Shannon in transition. She's defending well. She and everybody else, we've really got to be conscious of our rebounding.

    On shooting 72.7 percent in the first half:
    I wish we could do that every night. Unfortunately, I know we can't. That without question was the reason we had our lead at halftime.

    GUARD SUE BIRD:
    On her game:
    Tonight, everybody was clicking, so for me it was great to just go out and find people. People were hitting shots. Assists, I've always said, are two parts. My team did a great job tonight of knocking down open looks. As far as the turnovers, it was something I focused on the last two games. I couldn't keep coughing it up.

    On the team starting well:
    Not only do we feed off each other, we feed off the crowd. It's an energy level that they kind of put in us. We were able to roll with us tonight. It's true - when you see one of your teammates playing well and hitting shots, it's contagious. I think everybody really played well.

    On watching the fourth quarter from the bench:
    Any rest is good, so I'll definitely take it. Not only that, but for someone like Suzy (Batkovic-Brown) who came in late and is still getting her feet wet, it was a great opportunity for her to get out there and get the jitters out. I know as the season goes on she's definitely going to be a big part of the team.

    FORWARD LAUREN JACKSON:
    On the hot shooting in the first half:
    Everybody really stepped up. It's two ends of the spectrum with us so far this season - it's either been really good or really bad. We came out and gave them a good shot. It's always good to play at Key because we have so much energy behind us.

    On watching the fourth quarter from the bench:
    I love it. I wish it would happen all the time. That's when your team is playing well - when your coach doesn't play you the last quarter. It was awesome. It's good to see the other girls getting a run too.

    On the Lynx:
    Seimone Augustus is one of the best players in the league. Any player that's lost like that to a team, it's deflating. Those guys have enough talent to win games, so they've just got to regroup and find other ways to win games. It's hard, but I think they'll rally.

    MINNESOTA HEAD COACH JENNIFER GILLOM:
    On the game:
    It was very tough. I really believed we were going to come out with a better showing than we did, but there was the possibility that we either came out and played really well or we were going to play really bad. When you lose a player like Seimone Augustus, you just kind of expect the worst. But Im a very optimistic person and I try to expect the best. We need time to readjust and its a good thing that we have a few days before we play our next game so we can make that adjustment. I thought we didnt have enough time to get prepared for this one. There will have to be some changes made and there will be a lot to look at. Im probably going to be looking at film for the next three days, just trying to figure all of this out and make some adjustments. But, you know, we just have to forget about, put this in the back of our memory and try to get a fresh start next week.

    On Augustus' reaction:
    She is in better spirits than she was (on Thursday). She was more talkative this time. You couldnt get a word out of her before because she was so upset. I think shes kind of accepted it a little bit and is starting to think about the future. She said she wants to be with this team and wants to support this team and shes going to be there at every practice, which shows a lot of character for her. Were going to need her. She may not be in uniform, but well still need her presence. She said she would be there for us.

    On the team being shell-shocked without Augustus:
    Oh yeah. When you relied on 30 points a game thats a lot of points to lose. And you cant rely on role players who have been playing five or six minutes to come in and score 30. Its impossible. Like I said, Im optimistic I wanted it, but its impossible in one day. We just need time. I saw a lot of promise in Rashanda McCants tonight, which is a great sign. That just showed me that we do have hope. I think shes the type of player that may not give us 30 points, but shes going to give us a lot both on the offensive and defensive end.

    2009 Postgame Quotes/Notes Archive