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Postgame Quotes/Notes - Storm 82, San Antonio 61

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TONIGHT'S NOTES
  • The Storm improved to 7-0 at home this season, as well as 8-0 against the Western Conference.
  • Seattle has won both head-to-head matchups against the Silver Stars by an average of 24.5 points per game.
  • Sue Bird left the game at the 5:50 mark of the third quarter after hyperflexing her left knee. Bird is day-to-day.
  • The Storm outscored San Antonio 33-22 after Bird's departure.
  • Swin Cash led the Storm with 22 points, scoring 20-plus for the second time this season, and grabbed a season-high nine rebounds.
  • Lauren Jackson had 19 points and a season-high 14 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season and second in as many games.
  • Tanisha Wright's six assists were a season high.
  • Le'coe Willingham scored a season-high 10 points.
  • As well as scoring 17 points, Camille Little had a season-high nine boards.
  • During the fourth quarter, Alison Lacey scored her first career field goal.
  • Silver Stars rookie Jayne Appel tied her career high with seven points.
  • The Storm held a 46-23 rebound advantage. The 23 San Antonio rebounds were a season low.
  • For the first time all season, the Storm led in bench scoring, 20-13.
  • The Storm shot better than 90% from the free throw line for the second consecutive game (12-of-13, 92.3%).
  • June 20, 2010

    STORM HEAD COACH BRIAN AGLER:


    On the game:
    What I was impressed with was the three games in four days going coast to coast. It would be one of the games that you wouldnít look at as a pretty game, but it sort of showed what kind of toughness our team has. We had 52 of our points in the paint. I was impressed with our mental and physical toughness tonight.

    On Sue Bird's condition:
    Sue hyperextended her knee and we didnít want to put her back in. Sheís going to be fine. Weíll monitor her day by day, but I expect her to play in the next game. Whatever the doctor wanted to do, weíll do, and he wanted to hold her out.

    On whether the toughness can prepare the team for the playoffs:
    You need that in the playoffs because you have multiple games in a short period of time against the same team. Weíre not in the playoffs yet, weíre quite a ways away, but thatís our goal. Weíll put ourselves in the best position, so if we get to that point then weíre going to need this kind of performance.

    STORM CENTER LAUREN JACKSON:


    On the game:
    Iím happy we won. I definitely felt a little heavy-legged at the beginning of the game. I was just tired. Itís been a long couple of days. Winning builds confidence and weíre definitely aware of our record, but now itís the middle of the season and weíll keep working on our game.

    On seeing Bird leave the game:
    I just thought, 'Please God, protect my friend.' You donít like to see anyone go down, especially Sue. I just hope that sheís OK.

    STORM GUARD SUE BIRD:


    On her knee injury:
    It basically hyperflexed. My ankle touched my behind is the laymanís way of saying it. I donít normally go that far, so to get pushed that far is very painful. He just thought - and we were up by a lot, the team played amazing - rather than risk something worse, let it calm down. The best thing about this is that our next game is not until Friday, so I have a week to take care of it. Weíll see how it reacts tomorrow, but hopefully itís just something small where itís just sore

    On staying undefeated at home:
    Thatís something that we talk about every year. Every year Iíve been in Seattle weíve had a great home court. A lot of it has to do with the energy of the fans and we feed off that. Tonight was no different. (The record) doesnít mean anything. For the remainder of the season you can talk about our record and hopefully it continues to be as good as it is, but right now weíre a room full of people who are very focused. We donít think about that. We think about what we need to correct and get better on, and there were a few tonight. Things werenít as clean or crisp as we want them to be.

    STORM FORWARD SWIN CASH:


    On the Storm's rebounding advantage:
    Obviously going in our strategy is to really attack the glass. We try to do that every game, but we knew it was a focus for this team. Offensively and defensively, I thought our team did an excellent job of just getting after it.

    On seeing Bird leave the game:
    Just say a quick prayer. Something it looks worse than it is. When I got to the bench and she said she was alright, I was like, 'Whoo, OK.'

    On starting undefeated at home:
    I really donít pay attention to that too much. I just try to stay in the moment. And if our team can stay in the moment and not get too far ahead of ourselves, weíll be right there at the end where we want to be. I think consistent play builds confidence, sometimes in wins and sometimes in losses. If youíre getting better practice by practice and game by game, thatís what you tend to fall back on.

    SAN ANTONIO HEAD COACH SANDY BRONDELLO:
    On the game:
    We got outhustled and punched up in all areas of the game. I thought we were a little tougher than that, but obviously not. This is the best team in the league. We knew this and knew it was hard coming into their home court, but itís just so difficult. Allowing 17 offensive boards is just unacceptable.

    On being outrebounded:
    You prepare them and tell them whatís coming. You know they are going to hit the boards. This is what they do well - they average 12 (offensive rebounds) a game, so we pushed their average up tonight. Thatís just not good enough. Credit to them. They just have the right kind of players and have no mercy for their body. We just have to get more of a mentality where weíre more physical and focus on the little things like blocking out. Thatís something that was drilled into me when I was a player. I wasnít much of a rebounder, but I made sure I blocked out.

    On the difference in the third quarter:
    We had turnovers that led to some easy runs. But they executed real well. We relied on shooting jump shots and we need to be aggressive and assertive to the rim to try and draw some fouls. Nothing went our way, but then they converted down at the other end. 52 points in the paint - they just moved the ball well and they execute their plays extremely well. They play well together and you see the chemistry that they have. Weíre not there yet. The personnel is not the same and we didnít move the ball quite so well. We didnít take the best shot with our ball movement because their congestion is just so good, so sometimes our bad turnovers or bad shots led to their offense.

    On the difference in the third quarter:
    We had turnovers that led to some easy runs. But they executed real well. We relied on shooting jump shots and we need to be aggressive and assertive to the rim to try and draw some fouls. Nothing went our way, but then they converted down at the other end. 52 points in the paint - they just moved the ball well and they execute their plays extremely well. They play well together and you see the chemistry that they have. Weíre not there yet. The personnel is not the same and we didnít move the ball quite so well. We didnít take the best shot with our ball movement because their congestion is just so good, so sometimes our bad turnovers or bad shots led to their offense.

    On defending Jackson:
    We knew she was a hard guard. For us, Lauren may score but we have to limit the in put of the other players. I thought we contended with the guards fine, but like I said, the post players got too many easy looks at the basket. They shot high-percentage shots. By halftime, we defended quite well, but we didnít finish the plays with getting the box out and rebound. We still are moving forward and this shows areas we have to get better at if we want to beat the best team - and Seattle is the best team. Theyíre extremely well coached and they have players that complement each other.

    On Jayne Appel's performance:
    I thought it was good minutes for Jayne to get out there. She hasnít played a lot of minutes, but she was trying hard. She gives us another low-block presence, which is what we need. We just have to get more rebounds first. Weíre much better in the open court if we can run and we couldnít really run tonight.

    On the officiating:
    Itís tough. Itís a physical game. Sometimes youíre not really sure of the flow and whatís getting called, but itís physical. Itís a judgment call there, but this is what we get every day so you canít use them as an excuse. We have to get tougher and make sure we can stay with what we want to do.

    SAN ANTONIO GUARD BECKY HAMMON:
    On the game:
    They just pounded us on the boards and that was the difference in the game. We obviously had a bad shooting night and that doesnít help because then youíre on your heels defensively all night. It was not a pretty game really on either end so we kind of blew an opportunity. I thought we beat ourselves tonight.

    On settling for jump shots:
    When you get in there, itís hard because youíre getting hit and knocked around a lot - itís a very physical game.

    SAN ANTONIO FORWARD CHAMIQUE HOLDSCLAW:
    On the game:
    Weíre coming here, facing the best team in the league and you want to play with a lot of energy and really get after them. I thought for the first half we played pretty well as far as our intensity. But you canít let a team outrebound you like they did. We pounded the offensive boards sometimes and it was like we were in the park and weíre like a little kid and these big dudes are standing there and youíre jumping, jumping, jumping and you canít get the ball. If you want to win in this league, you have to defend and rebound and we didnít do that tonight.

    On responding to the loss:
    We have a lot of vets on this team and we know what it takes. We sit down and talk and have a mutual respect for one another. Weíre just trying to figure it out. Weíve all played enough years and just want to win. When youíre in a locker room like this, you know everybody just wants to win, everybody is committed to it, but hey, we have to get it done. We donít want to be playing our best basketball right now anyway. Weíre playing the best team, but we canít allow this to linger throughout the season. We had a good game against Phoenix the other night, but we canít look back 15 games into the season and our record isnít getting any better. Itís just really competitive in the West. Seattle is the dominant team, best team in the league right now, and everyone else. We just have to prepare to beat those other teams if we want to make the playoffs. Weíre capable of doing it, itís just a matter of us physically not just talking about it. We have to do something Ė calm down and take care of it on the court.

    On rebounding against the Storm:
    Theyíre a really athletic team and weíre not the most athletic team so we have to really prepare and put bodies on people. We have to be smarter and know that theyíre going to jump and crash. Itís really just making contact with them. There were times tonight where weíre boxing out, but weíre under the goal. Youíre trying to jump, but youíre pinned under. Itís just a toughness that we need to develop.

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