Postgame Quotes/Notes - Storm 79, Detroit 75
On the Shock:
You have to understand that they’re a good team. There are a lot of teams in this league that have gone through some tough times. Detroit has gone through some tough times just like we have. But that doesn’t mean they’re a bad team. They won the championship last year, they’re not going to come out and lay down. We’re playing on their home court. I was just proud of how we held them off. (Deanna) Nolan got it going there and they were really executing their offense and they were trying to get after us defensively by putting pressure on the basketball. Teams make runs all the time, that didn’t surprise me. I was pleased how we held them off.
On Lauren Jackson:
She tweaked her back in Atlanta. She didn’t practice Sunday and we didn’t practice yesterday, so I know its tender, but she’s a tough kid. It didn’t surprise me; I know it was real important for our team to play well tonight.
On Shavonte Zellous:
She gets a lot against everybody. She is leading her team in free-throw attempts and she is one of the leaders in the league in free-throw attempts. You have to keep her in front and not foul. She has a knack of getting into your body. She’s almost like Candice Wiggins last year. People make adjustments, you learn how to play them after you watch film and get a season under your belt. She’s a talent. That’s a specialty of hers.
On Janell Burse leaving the game:
She got poked in the eye. The doctor came and looked at it and said she was good to go. They’re going to take another look at it.
On surviving Detroit's comeback:
At one point we looked around and said, 'Hey, we’re still up by four, you know?' They made a strong run. Obviously they’re a really good team. They won a championship for a reason. They have some veterans on the team that we knew wouldn’t give up and I was just proud of our team. Before in adversity we faltered and gave up or we let teams impose their will on us. We came back and L made big shots and Camille (Little) and JB made big shots for us, it was a team effort.
On the importance of the win:
Especially right now, having lost two games in a row and being on the East Coast and not having the ability to come over here and beat teams. To come and beat a team like this, their record might not show it but they’re still a physical team who do great things to win ball games.
On the game:
They are a good rebounding team and they go to the boards really hard, especially on the offensive end. But I thought we did a good job of blocking them out and going to the rim. Erika (de Souza) and Sancho (Lyttle) were both terrific. We shared the ball well. We pushed when we had the opportunity to push and we got a lot of open shots. We ran out on them a little bit in the fourth quarter and I thought that was the difference in the game. The depth of our team is really good. I’m not afraid to put any of them in there at any time. I thought maybe we tired them out just a little bit.
On the Storm:
They are tough. They are physically tough. And for us to come off a back-to-back physical game against Detroit, I thought we played really well. We didn’t back down from them.
On the difference in the game:
We were playing a little bit soft at times, but I really think that they dug in and did what they had to do to get the win. It was loose balls, it was rebounds, it was second-chance points. It was that combination of everything.
On the back-and-forth nature of the game:
We were just a little bit tougher than Seattle to start the game, but then they came on really strong. They went on a bunch of runs and that’s what basketball is. We just happened to have runs at the right time.
On the gameplan:
Our gameplan was to win. We knew we had to stop certain plays and defend as hard as we could.
On pulling out the win:
We stayed aggressive. People make runs and we have to make our runs. We have to keep our runs alive and stay in front and that’s what we did. We just kept adding our points to our score. They tried and we tried harder, and came out with a win.
On maintaining momentum:
We have to play how we have been playing. Defense leads to offense and that’s what we have been doing. We have to stay in the playoff run.