Postgame Quotes/Notes - Storm 90, Atlanta 72
STORM HEAD COACH BRIAN AGLER:
On the game:
It was a very good win. I thought we played well. I thought we were a little too anxious in the beginning and we turned it over three or four times, but I think we settled in after that.
On the Storm's defensive effort:
This is without question one of the more difficult teams to defend from the standpoint of they have people who can score when you’re doing a good defensive job. (Angel) McCoughtry and (Sancho) Lyttle can score. This is a great rebounding team and they get second shots. I’m really pleased with our defense. It usually takes us a series of practices to get to that point. I think the unique thing about this year is that we’ve got that core group of people who’ve done it for two years. They’re the anchor and the foundation. They play a lot of minutes, so with that we’ve been able to do what we’ve done in the past and bring it out.
On the Storm's level of play:
I think our players really wanted to win today. I could see us focused and the desire being here, but I went out and watched us warm up and some of them couldn’t hit a shot. They were just so tight. Along with everything we know we have to do we have to play with poise. After we settled in I thought we played with a lot of poise. Sue (Bird) obviously brings that every time. Swin (Cash) and Tanisha (Wright) did great jobs tonight. Obviously Lauren (Jackson) is playing at a really good speed. You don’t see her trying to rush things. Her shot is smooth. Her shot is quick, but it’s not fast.
STORM CENTER LAUREN JACKSON:
On the game:
We know what we have to do at the moment and we’re on a bit of a mission. The girls just really stepped up. It was a scrappy game, but we’re really happy and we’re doing to try to get better defensively. Chicago was a bit of a wake-up call.
On the Storm's mentality:
I think because the season is so long we’re trying not to become complacent. I don’t think you’ll hear any of the girls talk about confidence boosters. It’s too early in the season. Other teams are just getting their flow now so we just want to go out there and hopefully get better each game. We’ve got great bench play and that’s something that’s really going to help us.
On her performance:
I still feel like I didn’t shoot that well. I don’t feel like I’m shooting great. I missed a few layups, but it’s a step forward.
STORM GUARD SUE BIRD:
On the game:
Playing on national TV, no matter who the opponent is, is a great chance for everybody to see you play and kind of send a message. We knew going in that they were undefeated and the best team in the league based on record. For us it was a challenge and we definitely wanted to play our best. But more importantly, it’s about us and we just want to keep getting better. We had a little stumble in Chicago and now that we’ve seen that part, we kind of want to hide that part and just keep getting better.
On the Storm:
We have a good core group and I think everyone is figuring out their roles, with what’s expected of them and we’re just going to keep getting better.
On beating a good team handily:
It’s a short, long season and on any given night any team can win or lose by 20. If you’re hot, you’re hot. For us, all it means is that we’re capable of that. And hopefully we’ll be able to do this at game 20 and game 30 and into the playoffs. We just want to keep getting better.
On the game:
We just didn’t play our game. Seattle played an excellent, outstanding defensive game and they hit their shots. We just didn’t respond like I thought we would. It’s the seventh game of the season, we learn from it and we move on. Seattle has a great basketball team and they’ll continue to get better and better so we’ve just got to adjust and keep going.
On her team's level of play:
We just didn’t get into our game. We backed down on some things that we shouldn’t have backed down on. We didn’t hit the boards like we were capable of and our post players getting those early fouls really hurt us.
On moving forward:
Yeah, we move on and play Chicago on Friday night. That’s what we’ve got to look forward to. There’s not much we can do about this game. This is our fourth game on the road and we’re ready to go home. We’ve been out on the road for about a week. I’m not looking for excuses – we just didn’t play well.
She played great. She and Sue Bird. If it wasn’t Sue scoring, it was Lauren scoring. If it wasn’t Lauren scoring, Sue scored. I thought they complemented each other so well tonight and they looked for each other. They were good. (Jackson) is 6-5 and plays like a guard. She’s one of the best players in the world, if not the best, so you’re lucky to have her.
On the game:
It was just one of those days where things didn’t go our way. But at the same time, we’ve got to learn how to play through it. We’re going to learn from it. It’s a great experience for us. We needed this to help us get stronger. We were just getting by, 6-0, winning, we were feeling good. This is a humbling experience for us so now we’re going to get better from here on out.
On positives from the game:
Yeah, when you lose, you learn what you need to work on so we’re going to go back home and work on what we need to work on. It’s been a long road trip. We did pretty good coming out to the west - 2-1 in the west - so we’re pretty proud of what we came out here and did. We’re going to learn from this loss tonight.
On the game:
It was physical. We have to learn how to deal with that. Every game you play, win or lose, you have to learn from it and this is one of those. We just have to go back to the drawing board a little bit and figure it out.
On Jackson's three-point shooting:
Ever since she’s started playing, she plays outside-in. She’d rather be out there before she goes in so it didn’t surprise us. We scouted it and she hit some threes and we have to live with it.
On takeaways from the loss:
We have to get more physical I guess. When you watch games like this, you figure out what is missing and hopefully we can figure this out.