Postgame Quotes/Notes - Storm 98, Los Angeles 87 (3OT)
On the game:
I think there's probably a lot of ways to look at this game. I think both teams really had great effort. Obviously, whenever you go triple-overtime and it's close like that, you've got people stepping up and making plays. I think both teams can probably look and wish they did things differently, but they can also look at the game and how many positive things they did.
I look at our team, and yeah, we've got a ways to go - we're evolving. But we also did a lot of things to get back in the game, to put in overtime, put it in a second overtime, put it in a third ... we stepped up. We played a lot of games here lately. I thought we would be the team that would be fatigued, but I thought in the end both teams looked about the same - both worn down.
Just excited for them - happy for our team.
On Sue Bird:
Sue, she went through a stretch here in the Minnesota game where it was tough. It started tough early tonight. The one thing I asked her to do was to make the game easy. She didn't really try to force a whole lot early in the game, didn't take many shots early. She missed that one shot at the top of the key, airballed it, and all of her teammates said, 'You're going to get another shot. You've got to keep taking shots.' She did. Then all of a sudden, it was sort of like the adrenaline kicked in. She was the freshest of everybody on the floor at the end..
On the crowd:
I hate to think of playing in triple-overtime away, because I think they really energized our team. At times we got down and we'd make a play and then the energy got going in here. There's no question. I've been in the league a long time, and I used to hate coming to Seattle because of the support that the crowd gave the team. The energy definitely was in the building tonight.
On her game:
It's definitely no secret that as of late, I've been struggling with my shot a little bit. Just my whole presence has kind of been off. Tonight I wanted to come out and focus and play well. I hit a couple of shots early, which always helps. After that airball, I had to self-check and be like, 'What's your problem right now?' I let that slide.
You get to a point in single-, double-, triple-overtime where if anything you want to win it for the fans because they stayed that long. You're exhausted, you're tired. I just remember saying to my teammates at one point, 'No matter what you feel like, I guarantee if you win you're not going to feel anything.'
A lot of times when you miss shots, for me especially I know it's more in my head than anything else. It affects my body, but it's definitely my head. Mentally, I just wanted to stay focused and knock them in.
On the third overtime:
It definitely wasn’t us running out of steam. We’re probably one of the best conditioned teams in the league, just the way that Coach Cooper runs practice. It was a matter of us having mental breakdowns. It was about us executing on both ends of the floor and in the crucial moments we weren’t doing that. And that’s been the thorn in our side for a lot of the losses we’ve had this year.
On a double-technical with Lauren Jackson:
On the play before, she just blatantly turned and hit me in the head. And I looked at the ref and said, ‘Are you serious? You’re not going to call that?’ And he said he didn’t see it. Then the next play down we get tangled up and the same thing happened again … she just turned and hit and they called the double technical. To our benefit, she’d already had one so she was ejected.
When you have an opportunity to have your opponent on the ropes like that with their star player out of the game, we have to be able to capitalize on that and we didn’t. Sue Bird stepped up. Camille Little stepped up, got on the boards big in the last overtime period – she probably had all the rebounds. They just started hitting big shots and we just fell apart.
On lessons from the loss:
There’s a lot we can take away from every one of these games that we’ve lost this year. We have to find a way to regroup and find a way to get a string of wins. The window is only so big and it’s getting smaller by every loss. Teams aren’t going to help us out, especially on the West Coast. Seattle, they’re going to do whatever they can to win and keep themselves in a good position. So will Phoenix and San Antonio and the other teams, so we have got to come to work.