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Postgame Quotes/Notes - Storm 66, San Antonio 53

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TONIGHT'S NOTES
  • The Storm improved to 4-0 at home this season and has won 14 straight in the regular season at KeyArena, extending the franchise record.
  • San Antonio's seven third-quarter points tied the fewest ever allowed by the Storm in a quarter, last done May 30, 2008 vs. San Antonio at KeyArena.
  • The Silver Stars scored 53 points, a season low and a Storm opponent season low.
  • San Antonio's 17 rebounds tied the fewest in franchise history (6/1/04 vs. IND) and the fewest by a Storm opponent (6/3/04 vs. PHO).
  • The Silver Stars shot 29.8 percent, a season low, including 4-of-28 (14.3 percent) after halftime.
  • Lauren Jackson scored a season-low three points on 1-of-11 shooting, though her 12 rebounds were a season high. Jackson was held to single-digit scoring for just the fourth time dating back through the 2007 season.
  • Swin Cash (18 points, 12 rebounds) recorded her second double-double in a Storm uniform. Her 12 boards are her most as a Storm player.
  • Shannon Johnson scored a season-high eight points off the bench.
  • During the second half, San Antonio had just one defensive rebound. The Storm had 11 offensive rebounds.
  • Jackson (9) and Cash (7) matched or bettered the seven Silver Stars rebounds in the second half.
  • Seattle made a season-low two three-pointers and had a season-low eight assists.
  • The Storm enjoyed its third sellout in four KeyArena games in 2009.
  • July 7, 2009

    STORM HEAD COACH BRIAN AGLER:
    On the game:
    I think that, reflecting on the game, in the third quarter our defensive effort really kept us in there. We were struggling offensively; I think both teams were somewhat. I thought we were fortunate to be in the game at halftime, but I think defensively in the second half, third quarter especially, we found ourselves.

    On Shannon Johnson's play:
    She did a good job both offensively and defensively today. She gave us another person we could put on Becky Hammon.

    On winning a physical game:
    Both teams had each other scouted pretty well, and it was pretty physical. Later on, I think we'll be able to reflect on this game knowing that we really had to dig down deep to have success. Those are the kind of games you're going to see later in the season.

    On the rebounding differential:
    I think everybody was shocked at the number. We felt like we outrebounded them; we didn't know it was by that amount. We've put some emphasis into that, there's no question. We didn't shoot the ball really well, so that gave us more times to get offensive boards.

    On Lauren Jackson's game:
    She had a tough night. She missed some shots. They were really congesting her. I told Lauren at halftime, 'You're going to have to find your own way. We can't constantly force the ball to you, because then we get out of what we want to do offensively.' She's a team player. She totally understood, and she made our offense go. She did some good things, moving the ball.

    On winning without a big game from Jackson:
    Lauren's an MVP candidate, deservingly, but she's going to have nights like this and other people have to step up.

    STORM GUARD SUE BIRD:
    On the rebounding differential:
    They're not one of the best rebounding teams in the league, but for us it's something we need to do to be good. Brian's talked about it from the get-go - we need to be in the top of the league in rebounding, and today was a good step.

    STORM CENTER LAUREN JACKSON:
    On her game:
    Didn't have the greatest offensive game, but it doesn't matter when your team is firing on all cylinders like they were. Everyone gutted it out. It was a tough win. Credit to everyone - Sue making those plays at end of the game; Shannon, she was great; Swin (Cash); Camille (Little); give everyone credit for that.

    On her shooting:
    I just had an off night, or an off day. Maybe it was the 7:30 wakeup, I don't know. I was definitely off the mark a little bit in the shooting department.

    On other contributions:
    I had to do something; I wasn't shooting very well. I got to the point where I thought, 'If I can't make a shot, I'm going to have to try to rebound the ball or play defense.'

    STORM GUARD SHANNON JOHNSON:
    On helping lead a Storm run in the second half:
    That's what our bench tries to do. We try to be a spark every time we get out there. We just want to be a real big spark off the bench.

    On feeling healthier after a knee injury early in the season:
    It was very hard just to move, hard to be mobile out there. I felt I couldn't get to rebounds or do extra things. As you see now, I'm moving better out there, able to pressure the ball up a little bit more, guard people who are important on the other team. I think that gives T (Tanisha Wright) a break also sometimes, when I can come in and play defense for T.

    SAN ANTONIO HEAD COACH DAN HUGHES:
    On the game:
    I thought both teams created a defensive type of game. I thought their ability to rebound in the third quarter gave them some separation. We defended well most of the game, but we didnít rebound well in the second half. We didnít have the ability to wrap possessions up and we couldnít get back at them. The difference in the first half was our ability to play in transition: 9-2 in fast break points. Give them credit. They put a lot of pressure on you in different ways, especially on the glass. It came down to shot-making at the end. I didnít think we did a great job of converting and they did. They made some timely shots.

    On the difference in the halves:
    The rebounding aspect - that was most evident to me. That and they got into one-and-one. We had three off-the-ball calls in that game that put them to the line. So they were converting at the line and we werenít. And theyíre getting second chances. That was really the difference in the game.

    On defending Jackson:
    We just threw a lot of people at her. I thought Ruth Riley was doing a good job on her and was part of that, but then Ruth got in foul trouble. I thought that really was a story too.

    SAN ANTONIO GUARD BECKY HAMMON:
    On the game:
    We missed a lot of shots. I thought we had some decent looks we just didnít convert them. I thought we did a pretty good defensive job on them. If you hold Lauren to three points youíd think youíre going to win the game. We didnít rebound or shoot well enough to win that game.

    SAN ANTONIO CENTER RUTH RILEY:
    On defending Jackson:
    Guarding Lauren Jackson is a tough task. Itís definitely a team effort. Itís focusing on her and making sure youíre shadowing her as much as possible. Just get a lot of help from everyone else. Sheís one of the best players in the world, so you have to respect her on the block. A lot of it is just focusing on making her take tough shots and making her shoot over you.

    2009 Postgame Quotes/Notes Archive