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Postgame Quotes/Notes - Storm 74, Indiana 60

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TONIGHT'S NOTES
  • Trailing 22-16 with six minutes left in the second quarter, the Storm went on a 21-3 run to close the first half with a 12-point advantage.
  • Indiana has lost consecutive games for the first time since the opening two games of the season.
  • The Storm improved to 8-1 all-time against Indiana at KeyArena.
  • The Storm reduced its magic number for clinching a playoff berth to five.
  • All five Storm starters and reserve Janell Burse scored double-figures.
  • Burse's 14 points tied her season high, previously done twice, and her two steals also tied a season high.
  • Lauren Jackson played just 24 minutes, tying her season low.
  • The Storm's reserves outscored Indiana's 14-12, just the third time all season the Storm has had the advantage in bench scoring.
  • The Storm earned its ninth win of the year by double-digits and improved to 9-4 in games decided by 10-plus points, tying Indiana for second in the WNBA behind Phoenix (11-5).
  • The Storm's last double-figure win in regulation was on July 9 (66-55 vs. Sacramento.)
  • Seattle's 13 turnovers tied the fewest forced by Indiana this season.
  • The Storm outscored Indiana 24-12 from the free throw line, attempting 27 free throws to the Fever's 13.
  • The teams combined to shoot 21.6 percent (8-of-37) from beyond the three-point line.
  • August 22, 2009

    STORM HEAD COACH BRIAN AGLER:
    On the Storm's second-quarter run:
    It was excellent. It was nice to see. We hit some shots, and there was a series of things that happened there. Our defense ignited some of our offense and we just sort of settled in offensively and made some big plays.

    On Tanisha Wright's play:
    It’s nice to be able to put Sue (Bird) off the ball. They were really pressuring her. Tanisha has the ability to break the defense down. She’s stronger and she gets the ball to the rim. Sue uses her quickness, and Tanisha is more physical. We just felt like that was something we could take advantage of tonight.

    On Janell Burse:
    Janell gave us some great minutes. Lauren (Jackson) wasn’t feeling very good so Janell came in and spelled her - a really solid effort on Janell’s behalf.

    On Swin Cash's defense:
    I thought she and Tanisha both did excellent jobs on (Tamika) Catchings and (Katie) Douglas. Those two are talked about as being MVP candidates.

    On the difference in the two meetings with Indiana:
    They’re a different team now. They’re a better team – they’ve proven that. I’m starting to like what I’ve seen from our team in the last couple of games. I feel like we’re starting to play with much more of a purpose, but it’s only two games. We have to keep proving this over and over if we’re going to be one of the elite teams in the league. I don’t know if we’re there yet, but I think we can be at some point.

    On the difference in the two meetings with Indiana:
    They’re a different team now. They’re a better team – they’ve proven that. I’m starting to like what I’ve seen from our team in the last couple of games. I feel like we’re starting to play with much more of a purpose, but it’s only two games. We have to keep proving this over and over if we’re going to be one of the elite teams in the league. I don’t know if we’re there yet, but I think we can be at some point.

    On his message at halftime:
    They’re a different team now. They’re a better team – they’ve proven that. I’m starting to like what I’ve seen from our team in the last couple of games. I feel like we’re starting to play with much more of a purpose, but it’s only two games. We have to keep proving this over and over if we’re going to be one of the elite teams in the league. I don’t know if we’re there yet, but I think we can be at some point.

    STORM GUARD SUE BIRD:
    On the Storm:
    I think we hit a little bit of a late season lull as a group, but we talked about wanting to get back on the right track. We wanted to come in with an extra amount of focus and motivation. We’ve seen the results and it just makes you want to do it more.

    I think we still haven’t peaked. I still believe we can play better. We’re on the right track, which is a good thing. With that being said, all the teams in the league are very good. Any given night, I don’t care what their record is, any team can win. I think this is one of the toughest years since I’ve been in this league.

    On maintaining the lead in the second half:
    We learned from the Detroit game, that actually helped us. We had a lead at halftime in that game as well and within the first minute they came back. I think tonight we had the lead on our home court and just wanted to ride that out.

    INDIANA HEAD COACH LIN DUNN:
    On the game:
    I thought we played well in spurts. I thought we look fatigued. I thought we looked like we still had some fatigue left over from the Sacramento game, which was very physical and tough. Getting down in the first half 12 points, then we played even – we just didn’t have the energy to overcome it. And Seattle is really, really good at home. They’re the second-place team in the West. You have to knock down the open shots and hit your layups. In spurts we played with a lot of energy and then we went though periods where we looked really tired. So I give credit to them. Everybody in this league is very, very good and it’s tough to beat anybody at home.

    On bouncing back from consecutive losses:
    We have to go home. It’s tough to win on the road, especially in the West against really good teams. People say Sacramento is the worst team in the league. No, Sacramento is not the worst team in the league. They have the worst record and they’re playing really well. We don’t feel bad about losing to two good teams on a West Coast trip, but we know we can play better. We need some time off to get rested and get our legs back. We need to get over some mental and physical fatigue. One of the differences in this game was Seattle was sitting here waiting for us. They haven’t played since Tuesday so they have those days to come home and rest. That’s enough to make a difference when you’re playing a really good team. I thought (Seattle) looked good tonight – a step quicker and a step sharper.

    INDIANA GUARD KATIE DOUGLAS:
    On the game:
    Seattle is a very good team. They’ve been preparing for us for a few days now. They definitely came out with an extra bit of hustle, got to loose balls quicker and made more shots. They were definitely a much better prepared team and played very well and we didn’t play our best.

    On the Fever:
    Hopefully we can gather and rally and learn. It’s better to do this in the regular season than it is in the playoffs. You drop two in a row in the playoffs and you’re probably out, depending on the format. I don’t think we’ve dropped two yet this year, so luckily we’re going back (home) and we’ll get a lot of rest and be ready to go on Thursday. This is a veteran team. I don’t think there’s any panic, but there’s definitely a sense of urgency.

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