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Postgame Quotes/Notes - L.A. 79, Storm 75 (OT)

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TONIGHT'S NOTES
  • The Storm became just the second team in WNBA history to have three consecutive overtime games, joining the 1999 New York Liberty (July 24-29, 1999).
  • The Sparks win evens the season series with Seattle, 2-2.
  • Four Storm players scored in double-figures Ė Lauren Jackson scored 21 and Swin Cash, Camille Little and Tanisha Wright all scored 14 points apiece in the loss.
  • This is the second time this season that the Storm and Sparks have gone to overtime. The Storm came out victorious in a triple-overtime win over the Sparks in Seattle on July 22
  • Noelle Quinn notched a career-high 23 points, shooting 8-of-14 from the field and exceeding her previous career high by 10 points.
  • Candace Parker recorded her third consecutive double-double and her fifth of the season, tied for the league lead, scoring 18 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.
  • DeLisha Milton-Jones recorded her seventh straight game of scoring 10 or more points by scoring 11 points along with eight boards.
  • The Sparks outrebounded the Storm by 11, 42-31, which led to 20 second-chance points for the Sparks, compared with only five for Seattle.
  • The Storm won the turnover battle with only eight turnovers that L.A. converted into 10 points, compared to 18 Sparks turnovers which led to 24 points for Seattle.
  • In her second game back, Lisa Leslie scored double-digit points for the second time in a row, with 15 points, six rebounds and a game-high two blocked shots.
  • August 6, 2009

    STORM HEAD COACH BRIAN AGLER:
    On the game:
    I donít think we ran out of gas; we just had a couple of unfortunate incidences where we missed shots or things just didnít go the way we wanted. When Lauren (Jackson) left the game, we were already down five or six points - it was a stretch at that point. Once they hit a couple shots, they got their momentum. We work on blocking out every day in practice, but the Sparks are a good rebounding team. They put size on the floor and got second-chance points.

    STORM GUARD TANISHA WRIGHT:
    On whether the team is fatigued after three straight overtime games:
    We canít attribute the loss to fatigue. I donít know if itís a mental lapse, but we put ourselves in situations to win games and we just arenít finishing them.

    On Noelle Quinn's performance:
    She has some inches on Sue (Bird) and she made some tough shots.

    STORM GUARD SUE BIRD:
    On the game:
    We had plenty of opportunities and we didnít capitalize on them. I had an opportunity to take care of the game at the end of regulation and we just didnít capitalize.

    On Quinn:
    She hit some big shots - three of them that I can remember off the top of my head. You have to give her credit for hitting some big shots.

    LOS ANGELES HEAD COACH MICHAEL COOPER:
    On the game:
    Iím very happy we won this game. I thought we did a lot of things wrong to put ourselves in that hole. But again, we stayed with it. A week ago we probably would have lost this game. The last time we played in Seattle, it was a triple-overtime game. But we did do a lot of good things tonight. People rose to the occasion - our big four put it together. They are going to get better as we go through this. This is their second time playing together. So things were good. The way we played Iím not happy with, but I know weíll play better.

    On the team's focal point for improvement:
    Well, just the continuity and the flow of everything - the way that theyíre playing. They have to get a feel for each other. A couple of times they made passes to one another where the ball sailed out of bounds. But what they did was keep working. I liked our work on the boards. We have four people that can go out and get a double-double on any given night, and for sure two of them are going to go out and do that.

    LOS ANGELES FORWARD CANDACE PARKER:
    On the game:
    Iím excited about how we fought tonight. In the past, we would have looked up at the score where we would be down by six with three minutes left in the game, we would have just given up. We are just happy that we were able to come back and get this much-needed win. We did a good job defensively. It was good that we were able to go with our big lineup because we were able to switch a lot of those screens.

    On her conditioning:
    I think itís coming back. Itís only been a month out and I think I am at about 60-65%, but more into the season, I know it will be a lot better.

    LOS ANGELES GUARD NOELLE QUINN:
    On her career night:
    I was just more aggressive. Lisa (Leslie), Candace, Tina (Thompson), and DeLisha (Milton-Jones) attract so much attention and a lot of times the guards are open. Being able to step up and make those open shots while also having confidence and taking them were the biggest differences.

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