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Postgame Quotes/Notes - Phoenix 93, Storm 81

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TONIGHT'S NOTES
  • Phoenix jumped past Seattle to take over the second spot in the Western Conference standings. The Mercury trails the Minnesota Lynx by only a half-game for the top spot in the West.
  • The Mercury won its sixth home game of the season tonight, becoming the first team in the WNBA to reach that mark and in just 11 games. The 2008 Phoenix squad didnít pick up its sixth home victory until July 19 Ė a full 23 games into the season.
  • Phoenix avenged its only home loss of the season, an 84-93 loss to the Storm, and improved to 6-1 (.857) in the Valley of the Sun.
  • The Mercury out-assisted the Storm 21 -16 tonight. Phoenix is 6-0 on the year when dishing more assists than its opponent.
  • Despite entering the game with the third-ranked scoring defense in the league, Seattle was unable to slow down the Mercury, which scored 93 points on 33-of-68 (.485) shooting. Phoenix shot a blistering 12-of-24 (.500) from beyond the arc.
  • The Mercury improved to 10-8 all-time against the Storm at US Airways Center.
  • After scoring 93 points in tonightís game, Phoenix remains a perfect 6-0 this season when eclipsing the 90-point mark.
  • Phoenix picked up its second win in three games after losing two straight.
  • Pondexter flirted with a possible triple-double for the second time this season and in doing so, registered her second career double-double. Pondexter poured in 22 points and 11 rebounds, while also dishing out eight assists in leading Phoenix to victory.
  • After an off night on June 27 at Minnesota, Taurasi rebounded by scoring a game-high-tying 22 points on 7-of-15 (.467) shooting. Taurasi added four rebounds and four blocked shots.
  • Mercury center Tangela Smith got back into the swing of things tonight, contributing 16 points on 7-of-10 (.700) shooting and grabbing seven rebounds. Her scoring output is her most since a season-high 18 on June 10 vs. New York.
  • Storm forward/center LAUREN JACKSON scored a team-high-tying 17 points and recorded six rebounds in 32 minutes.
  • July 1, 2009

    STORM HEAD COACH BRIAN AGLER:
    On the difference between this game and the Storm's recent win in Phoenix:
    Itís pretty much the same game. In the fourth quarter we gained control the first time and we just couldnít get back in control again, we got behind a little bit. The first game we were down by four points; this time we were down 13. Itís sort of the same thing that happened last game. This time we dug ourselves a little bit too deep of a hole. Phoenix came out energized and we didnít match that energy.

    GUARD SUE BIRD:
    On the difference between this game and the Storm's recent win in Phoenix:
    The big difference was last game we were able to come in and get a big lead early and put them in the corner and made them have to fight back, and this time it was reversed. Even with the crappy third quarter that we had, we still cut it to two in the fourth and things just didnít go our way in the end.

    On Cappie Pondexter and Diana Taurasi:
    Obviously they are a very tough tandem to play against. It takes so much energy and effort to just tie the score and sometimes when you do you donít always have that extra energy to win the game. I think thatís what happened to them the first time and it might be what happened to us this time. They played well, but I just feel a lot of it happened in this locker room. I still believe it was in our control.

    FORWARD SWIN CASH:
    On her technical foul:
    It was something I canít say. My Grandma would be upset. I got knocked in the head a couple of times and I felt it was getting out of hand. I said a few choice words and he gave me a tech. It was well deserved, but I got my moneyís worth.

    On the game:
    Down the stretch we didn't execute like we needed to. We got behind and gained control and got down by two or thee, but we didn't make plays. This one hurts even more than getting blown out in L.A. Itís games like this that you have opportunities to separate yourself. If youíre a team thatís going to be there in the postseason, youíre going to make plays and we didnít do that and thatís kind of frustrating. But itís still early and we can learn from this experience. Take this one, go back and do better. But this one does sting right now.

    PHOENIX HEAD COACH COREY GAINES:
    On the start of the second half:
    I told them it had nothing to do with Xs and Os. It had nothing to do with do this and do that. All it took was to turn it up another notch, push the ball upcourt and put the intensity on them to get back. Thatís when they did it.

    On dealing with refereeing:
    I told them to forget about the refs, forget about that half. Bad call or good call, forget about it. You canít change it now. Whatever you're sulking about, you canít change it now so just forget about it.

    On playing in the Western Conference:
    This was just one game; we've got a long way to go. The West is going to be ugly, itís going to be tough. I feel that theyíre one of the top teams. I donít think itís going to be a blowout either way; itís going to be a dogfight.

    PHOENIX FORWARD DIANA TAURASI:
    On the second-half surge:
    We said this is a game that we should come out here and win and just go take it. We all made an effort to go out there and just play. A lot of people doing a lot of solid things, which weíre going to need for us to beat good teams.

    On the team's rough road trip:
    The road is tough, but no excuse. We went up to D.C. and won a game. We did not show up at all in Minnesota. Thatís something that we are going to have to face and grow up really quick. When you go on the road, you have to grow up real quick. You have to be really patient and disciplined in what you do and we havenít done that.

    PHOENIX GUARD CAPPIE PONDEXTER:
    On the game:
    I just wanted to come out and play hard. We definitely needed this win, especially after going 1-2 on the road. We need something to give us a little bit of momentum and tonight we were able to take advantage of that.

    On the intensity of the game:
    We always have a great battle with Seattle. Theyíre a great team and we know that. They always compete. They've got quality veterans and they are always in the game no matter what. We just wanted to frustrate them. It was a physical game and a lot of back and forth and a lot of crazy stuff happening in the game. For us to get this win we had to match their intensity and we did that.

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