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Postgame Quotes/Notes - Storm 95, Phoenix 89 (OT)

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TONIGHT'S NOTES
  • With a 95-89 overtime victory over Phoenix tonight, Seattle now stands atop the Western Conference as the only undefeated team with a 3-0 record. Phoenix falls to 1-1 on the season.
  • The Storm started 3-0 for just the second time in franchise history. Seattle also won its first three games in 2008 before losing in game four. The Storm finished that season with a franchise-record 22 victories.
  • The Storm snapped the Mercury’s three-game winning streak between the two clubs and improves to 21-15 all-time vs. the Mercury. The last time Seattle won vs. Phoenix was on June 21, 2009 when the Storm walked away with a 93-84 victory in Phoenix.
  • Prior to tonight’s overtime loss, Phoenix had won eight consecutive regular-season overtime games and two consecutive vs. Seattle. The Mercury’s last overtime loss came at home vs. San Antonio (72-80) on June 26, 2004.
  • Seattle was able to win the battle inside, outrebounding Phoenix 48-38 and scoring 22 more points in the paint (54-32).
  • Tanisha Wright grabbed a career-high nine rebounds. Previously, she had grabbed eight three times. Meanwhile, Sue Bird tied her career high, previously reached five times, with eight boards.
  • Lauren Jackson led the Storm with a game-high 25 points on 10-of-24 (.417) shooting and eight rebounds.
  • With 13 points tonight, Diana Taurasi extended her double-digit scoring streak to 22 games, the longest active such streak in the WNBA and third-longest in franchise history (Cappie Pondexter, 36).
  • DeWanna Bonner scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds off the bench for her sixth double-double of her career. The 2009 WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year outscored the entire Seattle bench, 24-15.
  • Taurasi played in her 200th career regular season game, all starts with the Mercury. Adding to her milestones, Taurasi needed just one rebound tonight to reach 900 for her career; she finished with four.
  • With her three-pointer at the 5:53 mark in the third quarter, Mercury center Tangela Smith notched her 150th career field goal from downtown
  • May 22, 2010

    STORM GUARD SUE BIRD:


    On the end of regulation:
    That was one of the craziest minutes or 23 seconds that we have been a part of. A technical, then a foul, without the ball being inbounded and everything that happened. In a way we shot ourselves in the foot a little bit in regulation. At the same time we had a chance in overtime and that’s what we talked about. Heading into overtime we talked about letting go what happened in the first 40 minutes and just play that five.

    On forcing 24 turnovers:
    The Mercury are a team that don’t want to turn the ball over. To them, they would rather shoot it than turn it over.

    STORM FORWARD CAMILLE LITTLE:


    On tennis legend Billie Jean King visiting the team in the locker room:
    It was nice and it was cool for her to just be in here. Nobody else could say that she came to talk to them. She talked about being champions and making people around you better in any game you play. If you’re going to try to be a great player, great players make people around them better.

    On forcing Candice Dupree into seven turnovers:
    It worked out to our favor. We always try to have a defense that collapses and makes it hard for any post player to dig and to make them think about where we are, instead of concentrating on that move.

    STORM FORWARD LE'COE WILLINGHAM:


    On returning to Phoenix for the first time:
    It was a good experience for me. I actually wasn’t nervous or anything. I was just really calm because Phoenix was really good to me and I loved it here and I still love it here. It’s a quality organization and I love the fans; they are the greatest.

    PHOENIX HEAD COACH COREY GAINES:
    On the game:
    We’re not playing well. The turnovers are something that hurts us more than other teams. It’s going to take some time to gel. We fought back to get back into the game, had a last-second shot. We designed for Penny (Taylor) to go one-on-one off the pick-and-roll. They covered, we kicked, kicked, got an open shot, got the rebound again, DB (DeWanna Bonner) shot from the ground. The game was kind of crazy; fouls here, fouls there. They played well.

    On turnover problems:
    We’re getting a lot of uncharacteristic turnovers. It’s not like it’s ball pressure or anything, just some strange turnovers. I have to watch the film closer and find out what it is, but it’s killing us.

    On DeWanna Bonner:
    I was saying to the coaches at halftime, ‘If we didn’t have DB we’d be down by 12 or 15 right now.’ She’s coming into her own; she’s playing the three and the four. I just told her to be aggressive, she’s active. We’ve been working with her on her crossover; it's working. She’s only going to get better. She’s going to have the whole package pretty soon; she’s going to be dangerous.

    PHOENIX FORWARD DEWANNA BONNER:
    On the game:
    We just came out and attacked. Unfortunately we came up with a loss, but I think we’re only going to get better from here. We had too many turnovers that killed us towards the end. All credit toward Seattle, they played a good game. We just have to get back to practice and get focused.

    On developing her game:
    I went overseas and tried to work on my guard play: shoot threes, get to the basket, and pull-up jumpers. I just tried to get a variety in my game.

    PHOENIX FORWARD PENNY TAYLOR:
    On the difference in the game:
    We have to take care of the ball. I know for myself, I turned the ball over too much. Just have to push the ball down the floor a little bit more. Then rely for the rest on our half-court offense and box out.

    On positives from the game:
    As a whole, we didn’t play our best basketball and we were able to go into overtime and fight back and hang with them. We can only get better from here.