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Postgame Quotes/Notes - Storm 85, San Antonio 82 (OT)

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TONIGHT'S NOTES
  • Sue Bird's three-pointer with 3.0 seconds left in regulation forced OT.
  • The Storm played overtime for the second straight game at home, while San Antonio played its second straight OT game overall.
  • The Storm is now 8-7 all-time in overtime games (2-0 this season).
  • Seattle took a 2-1 lead in the season series, the home team winning all three.
  • Lauren Jackson (23 points) topped the 20-point mark for the first time since June 26 vs. Los Angeles. Jackson's 13 rebounds were a season high (previously 12 on July 7 vs. San Antonio) and a Stars opponent high.
  • During the game, Jackson grabbed her 2,000th career rebound, becoming the sixth WNBA player to reach the milestone and the youngest to do so.
  • Jackson's 11 makes and 14 attempts from the free throw line were both season highs (previously eight and 11, respectively).
  • With 12 points and 10 rebounds, Swin Cash recorded her second straight double-double and third of 2009.
  • Shannon Johnson scored double-figures off the bench for the first time this season. Johnson's two highest-scoring outings have come against the Stars.
  • Becky Hammon had five offensive rebounds and 10 total, both career highs (previously three and eight) for her first career point-rebound double-double and second double-double of the season overall.
  • Ann Wauters scored eight points in her 2009 debut for the Silver Stars.
  • 10 Storm turnovers tied a season low (previously July 12 vs. Chicago).
  • San Antonio was whistled for a season-high 29 fouls and the Storm's 30 free throws and 37 attempts were opponent season highs. The Storm tied its season high by making 30 free throws (previously vs. MIN, June 19).
  • All 11 Silver Stars saw action and 10 scored.
  • August 1, 2009

    STORM HEAD COACH BRIAN AGLER:
    On playing another close game:
    I think that's seven in a row right there. I'm sure we'll have many more. That's just like what the playoffs are going to be, and hopefully we'll be in there. It's a good test. I'm excited and happy for our team, but these games are so emotional it takes some time to get back in normal mode. I thought our team played well. We gutted it out without shooting the ball real well.

    On the Storm's shooting:
    I thought we got the ball where we wanted; I just thought we missed some. Maybe we were trying too hard at times. You've heard that before, but you're so tight that sometimes you don't relax enough to shoot the ball.

    On the play that led to Sue Bird's late game-tying three:
    We ran just our normal out-of-bounds play where we've got Sue over in the open side. We were trying initially to get a look for Lauren (Jackson). We had enough time to, if she didn't get the shot, to go ahead and kick it to Sue and let them get into the pick-and-roll. It didn't even get that far. For whatever reason, Sue was left open and she knocked the shot down. Sue's a great player. She's going to hit big shots.

    FORWARD LAUREN JACKSON:
    On setting up Bird's three:
    I looked down and my foot was on the line. So I took a dribble, and I was like, 'I don't have enough time,' so I kicked it. I thought, 'Please make it.' Fortunately, she did.

    On making progress:
    All in all, a win is what we need to focus on. I think that we definitely got better these last couple of days. I think our intensity definitely was good. We still need to get better.

    GUARD SUE BIRD:
    On her three:
    Brian just ran a play for Lauren to get a flare screen, pop out and hopefully get a look. He said, 'If you don't get a good look, you've got Sue in the corner.' I think she was going to shoot it, but she actually saw her foot was on the line, so she kicked it to me. Time was running out. By the time I caught it, I just had to throw it. It's a lucky shot; I'm glad it went in.

    On making progress:
    Yes and no. I think tonight was a really gutsy win. We had to dig deep. Overtime games are never easy. San Antonio wasn't giving up. At the same time, we had some breakdowns that led to them being able to hang around. That's really where we're trying to limit the amount of breakdowns that we have. We had less today than we had our previous game, but we still want to get rid of them completely. That's where our focus is and I'm sure it will be there up until the Phoenix game.

    SAN ANTONIO HEAD COACH DAN HUGHES:
    On the game:
    I thought it was a good basketball game. We had one at our place and this one sure imitated it as well. Both teams went at each other really well. We got in a little foul trouble in the overtime, which hurt us a bit, but it was just a really good basketball game.

    On rebounding better in the second half:
    Itís just a matter of persistence, I think, and we needed to continue to find the opportunities to get to the offensive glass.

    On the team's progress:
    Weíre merging in a pretty big piece with Ann (Wauters), so weíre still kind of finding our way. We are headed in the right direction, but obviously we have some more ground to gain.

    SAN ANTONIO GUARD BECKY HAMMON:
    On the game:
    I thought our team played hard. Not taking anything away from Seattle, but I thought the officials were awful. Awful.

    On whether she thought she was fouled on the last play of the game:
    No, itís not that; itís throughout the whole game. They went to the free throw line every trip down the court for the last five minutes and itís a shame because I feel like we got robbed on that game. When youíre not allowed to play defense on Lauren, the best player in the world, itís a problem.

    On the Storm:
    You know, they did some good things. They played hard, we played hard, but itís just a shame when you feel like you did what you needed to do and itís a bit of 5-on-8. Iím about ready to get fined, but thatís okay.

    On the Silver Stars:
    We battled hard and have been in two overtime games the last two road games so we just have to regroup and go get the next one. I know it was real difficult down the stretch, real difficult when weíre working hard. As a player, thatís the most frustrating thing. You have to have some consistency - if itís a foul down there, itís a foul down here. Thatís all.

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