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Postgame Quotes/Notes - Storm 97, Phoenix 74

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TONIGHT'S NOTES
  • The Storm extended the best start in franchise history. Previously, the team has started no better than 7-2 (2004).
  • The Storm's 97 points were a season high and tied the fourth most the team has ever scored in a game. Four of the Storm's top six totals are vs. Phoenix.
  • Sue Bird had 12 points and a season-high 11 assists for her first double-double of 2010 and the 16th of her career.
  • Swin Cash's third rebound of the game was the 1,500th of her WNBA career. She's the 19th player in league history to reach the mark.
  • All three Storm frontcourt starters (Swin Cash, Lauren Jackson and Camille Little) had exactly 16 points and six assists.
  • Jana Veselá scored a career-high eight points.
  • Svetlana Abrosimova's seven rebounds were a season high.
  • Taylor Liley's 12 points were a career high. She and fellow reserve DeWanna Bonner tied for team-high scoring honors.
  • Diana Taurasi (11) and Penny Taylor (2) were both held to season-low scoring outputs.
  • The Storm's 37 points in the third quarter were a season high and the most the team has scored in a quarter since Aug. 4, 2007 vs. Phoenix (40, tying the WNBA record). Conversely, Seattle's 10 fourth-quarter points were a season low.
  • For the Mercury, 74 points, 35 first-half points and 13 third-quarter points were all season lows.
  • The Storm handed out a season-high 26 assists.
  • Seattle improved to 6-0 against Western Conference foes.
  • June 6, 2010

    STORM HEAD COACH BRIAN AGLER:


    On sweeping a back-to-back set of games:
    You never know how it’s going to play out and we talked about it, didn’t try to overemphasize it, but we just said here is what we’ve got and we’ve got to deal with it. Let’s get some rest and then come in and prepare and compete. We looked a lot more fresh than I anticipated.

    On not getting too wrapped up in an 8-1 start:
    I think (our team) does a good job of keeping things in perspective. We don’t talk about the big picture very often. We try to keep things day by day and game by game. They’re intelligent. They know what’s going on. They have a good idea of where we’re at and what we have to do.

    On Jana Veselá's performance:
    I was happy with Jana. She did today what I’ve been seeing her do over in Europe. I think she can really help us. I like her versatility.

    STORM CENTER LAUREN JACKSON:


    On the game:
    Everyone just played great basketball. Everyone stepped up and played great defense. We’ve just sort of been focusing on the same stuff every game and that’s the stuff that we’ve been doing. It was a good win.

    On the back-to-back:
    It was good. I was exhausted. Some of the other girls had lots of energy and sort of picked up everybody. I’m just really proud of the girls. They showed great character tonight. Now we get two days off.

    On the Storm's reserves:
    When our bench comes in we don’t lose anything at all. There are a lot of smarts and veteran players. It’s good to get their confidence up so they can come in and play better.

    On whether this was a statement game:
    I still think it’s too early in the season. I really think every team is going to get better. I really want to be excited, but it’s too early. It really is.

    STORM GUARD SUE BIRD:


    On the game:
    I think we’re all a little surprised by the win. It was a tough couple of days playing in LA at 8 p.m. and then having to come back and play at 6 p.m. It didn’t give us much rest. But we have a bunch of mature players in here and everybody knew that we just had to focus for one game and then we’d have a little bit of a break.

    On defense setting the table for offense:
    It always does. Our offense is definitely coming along and that’s a little different from previous years. Our defense, no matter what, is always what we count on.

    On the Storm bench:
    We have a lot of balance on this team. The minute those players check into the game, they raise the level and it brings everybody up.

    STORM FORWARD SWIN CASH:


    On the back-to-back:
    We didn't make any excuses for ourselves and it just made us more motivated early in the game and really compete. We only have a few back-to-backs, but we have a great team and when you have great leadership and can focus on the task at hand, you’ll have a great outcome..

    PHOENIX HEAD COACH COREY GAINES:
    On the game:
    They’re the No. 1 team and we got our butts kicked. We cut it to five and it’s a different game going into the half, but they’re a good team. It happens.

    On takeaways from the game:
    We’ve got to work on some things. The West being the West, we’ll be alright. We’ll probably end up playing them in the playoffs. I told the guy behind us (in the crowd) that we’ll be back. This is the team you’ve got to beat to get to the championship.

    On whether the Storm is the league's best team right now:
    Atlanta is pretty good. It’s going to be interesting.

    PHOENIX GUARD DIANA TAURASI:
    On the game:
    It’s a bad loss for us. We didn’t play very well. We didn’t do a lot of the things we wanted to come in here and do. They played really well. They’re playing really well together and at a high level. They’re getting a lot of people to do a lot of things and they deserved to win the game.

    On staying close much of the second quarter:
    We pulled to five twice in the second quarter and you know that takes so much energy. Then we came out as flat as a board in the second half. At home, their energy – we didn’t match that. When you don’t match the energy it’s hard to get things done.

    On the Storm:
    I don’t see them losing another game the rest of the season, really. They’re really good right now. They’ve got a lot of people doing a lot of good things and look really good.

    PHOENIX FORWARD CANDICE DUPREE:
    On the Mercury:
    I don’t think everybody is on the same page. We’ve got to come out and work a lot harder on defense. We gave up a lot of offensive rebounds in the first half and that’s something we’ve kind of been doing since the season started. In order for us to get out and run, you have to get stops and get the rebounds.

    On the Storm pulling away late in the first half:
    They were getting loose balls. I think it was Tanisha Wright hit a big three for them and then they got another quick two. It’s just a matter of taking care of the ball and getting offensive rebounds.

    On moving forward:
    It’s in the past now. We go to L.A. and we’ll take it out on them.