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Postgame Quotes/Notes - Chicago 86, Storm 81

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TONIGHT'S NOTES
  • The Storm had its franchise-record 15-game regular-season home winning streak snapped. The Storm had started 5-0 at home and last lost in the regular season at KeyArena on June 16, 2008 vs. Connecticut.
  • Chicago snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 7-3 this year with center Sylvia Fowles in the lineup.
  • The Sky swept the season series. The Storm entered the year 6-0 all-time against Chicago.
  • Tanisha Wright had 18 points, seven assists and seven rebounds, leading or co-leading the Storm in all three categories. Wright's seven assists tied her career high for the second straight game.
  • Janell Burse (13) scored double-figures for the second straight game.
  • Kristi Toliver recorded career highs of 22 points (previously 14) and seven assists (previously five), making a Sky season-high six three-pointers.
  • Candice Dupree scored a season-high 28 points, the most by an opposing player against the Storm this season and one shy of her career high (29).
  • The Storm lost a game while scoring 80 points for the second time this season and third under Brian Agler (both previously against Phoenix).
  • The Sky's 63.2 percent accuracy from three-point range (12-of-19) was a franchise record (previously 62.5 percent at L.A., 6/18/08).
  • The 12 threes were the most ever allowed by the Storm (previously 11 2x).
  • Chicago shot 60.8 percent from the field. Previously, the Storm had not allowed 50-percent shooting this season (high 48.5 percent at Phoenix 7/1).
  • The Sky's two offensive rebounds were the fewest in franchise history (previously four two times).
  • July 12, 2009

    STORM HEAD COACH BRIAN AGLER:
    On Kristi Toliver:
    She made some shots. I think it was probably a little of both - I think they made some tough shots and I think we broke down. I think Chicago played a great game.

    On the defensive adjustments the team tried to make:
    To get out and pressure shooters, make sure some people don't get set shots and make them put it on the floor. At times, we didn't do it. At other times, when we did make them put it on the floor, we didn't have our rotation. We'll get back, take a look at this film, and try to get better from it.

    On the late play that led to Sue Bird's miss:
    We came down and were going to run a mid pick-and-roll and let them play out of it, because they were switching and we thought we might have an isolation. She tried to make a shot. She's hit about six or seven of those this year. If I had it to do over, I'd take that shot again.

    On Tanisha Wright's play:
    She competed hard and made some very good defensive plays to come up with some steals when we needed them. She got it to the rim, hit some shots. I thought she played real well.

    STORM GUARD SUE BIRD:
    On her miss in the final minute:
    I got a good look. I should have made it. I got a very good look.

    On Toliver:
    I think she's capable of that. I know that she wasn't really getting the minutes early on. Tonight she came in and hit her first couple. Then I think she was in that place where you're not even thinking about it. You're open, you shoot it. She felt good. I've seen her in college. Everybody knew she was capable of that.

    On the Sky:
    They had two players score big, big numbers. For us, I don't think we played our best and yet we still should have pulled this one out. What it comes down to is we finally got the lead on T's layup and then they came down and hit two huge shots. That's where they took control back of the game. From there, we couldn't make the plays.

    On the loss:
    We know we let one slip away. We know home games are very important. You want to win every single one at home. You never want another team to walk in here and take one from you. With that said, we already have to think about Detroit. They're a team that's very good and playing much better than they did early in the season. They're very hungry for wins. It's going to be a tough game Wednesday. We also said we're going to watch a lot of film on this game.

    On open looks for Chicago:
    Stuff like that happens. Same with when people want to guard Lauren (Jackson) and I in the pick-and-roll. At some point, you're probably going to give something up. Unfortunately, when you have Toliver and (Candice) Dupree both hitting, that's tough.

    CHICAGO HEAD COACH STEVEN KEY:
    On the game:
    We feel really good. I think this is the first time weíve swept a West Coast team. Everybody knew we were down and Sylvia (Fowles) has been out. We lost two games by 30 or more and were really down and missed her. Thatís no excuse to us, but I think what we had prior to her getting hurt came out tonight. We were extra motivated because we know weíre not 30 points less than anybody in this league. Iím real proud of the fact that at the end of this long, 15-day road trip, we can get on the plane one more time, come here and muster the energy to come out here. Iím really proud of my team.

    On Toliver:
    Thereís no doubt sheís a rookie and thereís no doubting her talent. At times, the 'rookieness' shows. Tonight it was a lot more skill than rookie. And if she can play like that for us, thatís exactly why we drafted her. Itís going to be a challenge for her and sheís not going to get all of those open looks every night, which came from over-rotation or whatever happened, but hey, she still had to knock the shot down and she made some huge threes. Itís a credit to her because it hasnít been easy for her. I havenít been easy on her, but she knows that I care about her, her teammates care about her because we want her to do what she did tonight.

    On winning in Seattle:
    We just threw a lot of people at her. It really is a big win. It was a great basketball game. If anything, it was one of the more consistent games Iíve seen. There were no up and downs by either team. Maybe one or two times somebody got a 6-0 or 7-0 run, but after that somebody was able to get a stop. Thatís quality basketball and thatís something that all fans, regardless of the home team loses, can appreciate. I think thatís what this league should be about. If we can keep playing on that level, this is something that will last for a very long time.

    CHICAGO FORWARD CANDICE DUPREE:
    On the win:
    Itís huge. We were just extra motivated and came off of losing four games in a row. Seattle has a great team. We as a team had a meeting before the game just talking about how we need to pick up the intensity and we were able to do that for 40 minutes tonight.

    On Toliver:
    It was incredible. Tonight was her night and it was only a matter of time. She was patient and was able to run the team and played great for us.

    On the difference from the Sky's losing streak:
    It was defense for us. The last game our defense was absolutely terrible and we gave up 30 points in the first quarter and we knew that was something we couldnít do with this team on the road. It was all on the defensive end where we were trying to get it done and our defense is what fuels our offense.

    On winning on the road in a hard place to play:
    It is! I was just thinking about that earlier today, how many people have actually come in here and won. Their fans are great, very supportive and thatís half the battle right there. Seattle is a playoff-caliber team, a championship team Ö itís a huge win for us.

    CHICAGO GUARD KRISTI TOLIVER:
    On the win:
    It was a huge win for us, especially to get one on the road against Seattle. Itís a tough place to play and weíd just come off four straight losses so it was crucial for us to get this win. It started with our veteran leadership in the locker room before the game and them talking about the importance of this game. We came out with a lot better energy than we had in the four previous games so thatís definitely a key for us to continue.

    On her play:
    I try to take advantage of every opportunity I get to play. Today I got some good minutes in so I wanted to make the most of it. Iíll continue to do that as much as I play and a chance to contribute on the floor. So, just taking advantage of my opportunities.

    2009 Postgame Quotes/Notes Archive