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Postgame Quotes/Notes - Storm 69, Los Angeles 67

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TONIGHT'S NOTES
  • The Storm improved to 3-0 at home this season and has won 13 straight in the regular season at KeyArena, extending the franchise record.
  • The Storm maintains the league's best record at 6-2 and has tied the best start in franchise history (previously 6-2 in 2004).
  • Los Angeles dropped to 0-5 on the road. The Sparks are 2-0 at home.
  • Lauren Jackson scored a season-high 32 points on 12-of-15 shooting. Jackson scored 30-plus points for the 21st time in her career.
  • Jackson extended her streak of 20-plus-point games to eight straight to start the season, tying Sheryl Swoopes (2000) for the second-longest to start a season in WNBA history behind Cynthia Cooper (nine, 1999).
  • With a block in the second quarter, Jackson became the third WNBA player to record 500 career blocks, joining Margo Dydek and Lisa Leslie. At 28 years, 56 days, Jackson is the fastest to the mark.
  • Eight rebounds from Tanisha Wright tied her career high.
  • Tina Thompson led Los Angeles with a season-high 20 points.
  • Shannon Bobbitt scored a season-high eight points off the bench.
  • The Sparks had season lows and Storm opponent season lows of six free throws in seven attempts.
  • Seattle led by as many as 16 points in the third quarter. Los Angeles answered with a 12-2 run and tied the game by the 4:39 mark of the fourth.
  • The Storm's bench was held scoreless.
  • KeyArena was sold out for the second time in three home games.
  • June 26, 2009

    STORM HEAD COACH BRIAN AGLER:
    On the game:
    L.A. is a good team. They were missing some people, but they still have some pros out there, some All-Stars. They know how to play and they got the game the way wanted it to be played, in the half court. Itís not that we didnít want to play that way, but they just did a good job of executing their offense. They played with a lot of poise and I thought we played a real, solid game. Weíre going to have to make some adjustments. More from my end; the players played well. We just want to create more time for some people.

    On the game's final play:
    Swin (Cash) made a heck of a play right in front of our bench. Fortunately they didnít call a foul, which it wasnít. It was a good no-call.

    On how the Sparks defended Lauren Jackson:
    They were jamming her all night long. But she just had one of those nights when she was on: 12-for-15 from the field and got off to a tremendous start. I havenít been here for but a year in a half, but from what I remember coaching again her I donít know if sheís played any better than sheís playing right now. She scored a majority of our points tonight. Itís not like we were going to her a lot. She scored 30-some points on 15 shots. She had 26 the other night on 11 shots. Sheís getting to the free throw line and playing very strong. People are not making it easy on her. Iím really proud of how sheís playing.

    GUARD SUE BIRD:
    On the game:
    This was a weird game. It was an up and down. We had a big lead and they came back and made it interesting. A win is a win no matter how it happens.

    On the comeback by the Sparks:
    L.A. is too talented, and for us I think we relaxed a little bit, especially when we got up by 14. You can't do that against a team like L.A. We can score, but weíre not going to rely on our offense to win games. Itís probably 70-30 our defense. I think everyone has had their turn to make a big play on the defensive end.

    CENTER LAUREN JACKSON:
    On the physical nature of the game:
    It was like 20 seconds into the game and I said, 'OK, youíre going to punch me in the chest.' I think she does it to get under my skin. When I was younger it definitely worked, but now itís like, 'Why are you doing it?' Whatever.

    On whether she's playing the best basketball of her career:
    I donít know. I definitely have a lot to work on. I have a supportive team and my teammates are definitely helping me. I have great people around me. They canít just stop one player.

    LOS ANGELES HEAD COACH MICHAEL COOPER:
    On the game:
    I thought it was a very good basketball, game but unfortunately we had to lose. We played well, especially in the second half. We couldíve gotten down, but we kept battling and we had a chance to take it into overtime.

    On the difference in the game in the second half:
    We just got after them. Our defense got a little more solid. We were letting them get away, people screening and getting open for layups in the first half. When we cut that out and kept the team in front of us, we saw we could play with them.

    On defending the Bird-Jackson pick-and-roll:
    We wanted to do what we did and I thought we did a good job in it. Bird got away for a couple of shots, but I think our biggest Achilles' heel tonight was our rebounding. We gave up too many second and third shots down the stretch. They may not show up on the stat sheet, but when we had a good stop, they came up with the board and that was the biggest difference.

    On defending Jackson:
    I thought we did a good job in the first half. She just hit some shots. Sheís a great player. She hit some tough shots and got away for a couple layups, but it took its toll in the second half and we were able to hold her down. Sheís a physical offensive player so we had to play her physical like she was playing us.

    On the final play:
    You know what, the refs werenít calling many fouls tonight anyway. In a game like this, theyíre going to make the players make a play. If I had the same opportunity, Iíd put the ball in (Tina Thompsonís) hands again and I guarantee she makes that play. You gotta credit Swin Cash. That was a good defensive play and she got her hands on the ball, but still, Iím going to take Tina scoring before she stops her again.

    LOS ANGELES FORWARD TINA THOMPSON:
    On coming back:
    We just worked really hard and didnít give up. They came out really strong and thatís their MO. They come out and try to get up early and maintain the lead, but we continued to fight back. We knew it was possible, so we just kind of maintained and continued to stick with our game plan and got back into it.

    2009 Postgame Quotes/Notes Archive