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Postgame Quotes/Notes - Storm 65, New York 58

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TONIGHT'S NOTES
  • With the game tied at 55, the Storm took the lead on a jump shot from Swin Cash with 1:49 remaining and used an 8-0 run to seal the victory.
  • The Storm won its sixth straight game, extending the team's longest streak of the season. It's the fourth single-season streak of at least six wins in franchise history. The Storm's all-time top winning streak is seven games last June 29-July 18.
  • Camille Little (17 points, 13 rebounds) recorded her third double-double of 2009 and second in the last three games. Both totals were game highs. Her six offensive rebounds tied a career high (previously done at Washington last July 20).
  • With the win, the Storm swept the season series for the fourth time in the all-time series history.
  • New York had a three-game home winning streak snapped.
  • The Storm improved to 4-0 without Lauren Jackson this season.
  • Because Phoenix lost at Detroit, the Storm moved within one game of the top spot in the Western Conference.
  • September 1, 2009

    STORM HEAD COACH BRIAN AGLER:
    On the importance of the win:
    I didnít know what the urgency level was in New York, but I know that we are still trying to fight out in the West and we still have a chance at first place. I am just happy we still have a chance at winning the Western Conference.

    On the difference in the fourth quarter:
    We started to move better without the basketball. We got some offensive boards, some stick-backs and got to the free throw line a lot. We started to get more aggressive. Tanisha (Wright), Sue (Bird), Janell (Burse) all started to get to the line and we hit some timely shots.

    STORM GUARD SUE BIRD:
    On the game:
    Wins right now are really big for us, so tonight was really good. It wasnít pretty, but I will take it. It was one of those weird games where, like I said, it wasnít pretty and wasnít a very high-scoring game, but neither team could really take the lead. We just kind of hung around and as time went on, we were still there, hanging around, and then it got to a point where we just had to make a couple of plays and a lot of us were able to do that.

    On hitting big shots:
    I guess that when a game is on the line, it is just something that I have been doing my whole life and it is a position I feel comfortable in. It is not always me making the plays, but being able to give my teammates some confidence and them giving me confidence in return to make those plays. That is really what it is all about.

    STORM GUARD SHANNON JOHNSON:
    On the game:
    You have to play well when you are on the road. This team is so good. They are a team that is trying to get into the Playoffs, so we knew they were going to come out strong and we just tried to stay together, and we were able to win in the end. I feel like a lot of players just stepped up today, like Camille Little having a double-double, Sue Bird hitting big shots in the end, big rebounds from different players, and we just stayed together as a team.

    NEW YORK INTERIM HEAD COACH ANNE DONOVAN:
    On the game:
    I think it was a basketball game where both teams struggled to shoot the ball. We just never did catch fire and shoot the ball well. It became a defensive struggle and great players make great plays. Sue made some great plays down the stretch. She realized that there was a mismatch and Kia (Vaughn) was on her and she took advantage of that mismatch - that was a huge bucket.

    On the Liberty attempting 27 threes:
    Thatís Shamekaís game. We are confident that she is going to knock the next one down, so that is not an issue for me. With regards to other people, we need to be a little more patient. Our approach is inside-out, to look inside and then kick it out to the shooters, but neither team shot the ball well tonight.

    On Vaughn:
    There were some key errors that a rookie makes in a situation like that in a tight game and unfortunately she was put in the position of having to make plays at a difficult time for us. Hopefully she will learn and grow from it.

    NEW YORK FORWARD SHAMEKA CHRISTON:
    On whether this loss was especially frustrating:
    We put them on the free throw line and down the stretch we gave up some key offensive rebounds, which canít happen, so I think it was a combination of the two. It was, especially because of whatís at stake and, you know, what we wanted to do was to keep our playoff hopes alive.

    On the Storm's defense:
    Whenever I sit and think about the other teamís defense I really donít want to say tonight that they made us do things we didnít want to do. We have to knock down shots and just execute our offense and I think that the mistakes that we made we within our offense was on us, it was nothing that they did.

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