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Postgame Quotes/Notes - Storm 78, New York 70

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TONIGHT'S NOTES
  • The win is the Storm's seventh straight, tying the longest streak in franchise history (previously June 29-July 18, 2008)
  • The Storm improved to 10-0 at home this season.
  • The Storm is now 7-2 when trailing after three quarters.
  • Seattle moved to 18-22 all-time without Lauren Jackson (concussion).
  • Swin Cash led the Storm with 20 points and a season-high 11 rebounds for her first double-double of 2010. Cash scored 20+points for the fourth time.
  • In her first start with the Storm, Le'coe Willingham had season highs of 13 points and eight rebounds.
  • Jana Veselá scored a career-high 10 points.
  • 11 of Sue Bird's 16 points were scored in the fourth quarter.
  • Taj McWilliams-Franklin tied her season high with 20 points and added 10 rebounds (six offensive) for her first double-double of 2010.
  • After scoring a game-high 12 points in the first half, Cappie Pondexter was held to four points on 1-of-10 shooting following halftime.
  • The Storm shot a season-best 55.6% from the field (previously 55.2%, 6/1 vs. ATL) and tied a season high with 66.7% shooting on three-pointers.
  • Seattle swept the season series for the second consecutive year and has won its last five games against the Liberty.
  • New York's 15 offensive boards tied a season high.
  • This is the Storm's third straight win on Kids Day at KeyArena after previously losing three Kids Days in a row.
  • July 6, 2010

    STORM HEAD COACH BRIAN AGLER:


    On playing without Lauren Jackson:
    I never addressed the team about having Lauren or not having Lauren because we've done that before and we've had success. You have to play the hand that's dealt to you. When you bring that up, I think it's in their heads.

    Every team in the league at some point is going to be without some key players. We've stepped up and we've had people really make an impact in a positive way when we've had people out. Today, Jana (Veselá) really gave us some good minutes. Camille (Little) and Le'coe (Willingham) hit big shots down the stretch. Obviously Swin (Cash) and Sue (Bird) did a fabulous job. If you're going to be a good team in this league, you have to have some bench strength and people who can step in when starters are out.

    On the fourth quarter:
    That was great. To me, that shows the character of our team, what happened down the stretch in the guts of the game. We've had people really step up. Swin, she's so persistent. I don't know if there's a better competitor in the league than Swin Cash. Camille and Le'coe both hit huge shots when we needed them. Tanisha defensively was great.

    STORM GUARD SUE BIRD:


    On the fourth quarter:
    In the fourth quarter, you can go down the line - everybody hit big shots, everybody made big plays. We were able to pull it out. It definitely was not easy. It was a gut check for us, but for us to respond the way we did is something we'll take from this game.

    On playing without Jackson:
    Any time you're playing without the best player in the world, it's going to be a little more difficult. That being said, New York played really well. We were a little off of our game in the first half, you could say, but little by little we got back in and the fourth quarter we really played together.

    On Cash's rebounding:
    If you were to watch the tape again, you would see in the first half they just killed us on offensive rebounds. That's how they scored a lot of their points. We talked about it, we addressed it and Swin went out there and really just did it. That's not surprising; it's what she does, it's how she leads and we've come to depend on it.

    STORM FORWARD SWIN CASH:


    On playing without Jackson:
    I think early on we were looking around and we were like, 'Where's L-Boogie?' You've got to give a lot of credit to Camille and Le'coe. I think they did a great job for us. Early on, New York tried to exploit our height inside. We may not be as tall as other teams when you have Camille and Le'coe on the floor, but their energy level, their quickness to the ball and their physical play is something that is to be reckoned with. I thought in the second half they really showed that.

    STORM FORWARD LE'COE WILLINGHAM:


    On replacing Jackson in the lineup:
    I just said I have to me. We're going to miss Lauren, but like Swin said, we have to do it by committee - not fill her shoes but everyone do a little bit more of what we can do.

    On the difference playing as a starter:
    It definitely helps, especially playing with the core group that gets most of the minutes. We had a chance to feel each other out a little bit more than usual. It's a good way to go into the break, especially with a win.

    NEW YORK HEAD COACH ANNE DONOVAN:
    On the game:
    I give them a lot of credit. They hit shots and they were big shots. It was not just Sue, but Sue led the charge. Willingham and Little both hit big shots. I give them a lot of credit. We became very focused on Sue after she hit two threes and that freed up Willingham. We gave her an open look when it was a two-point game.

    On Bird:
    She’s taken her game to a whole new level. I can look at her and see she’s not healthy. I can see that she’s not 100 percent healthy. She’s just so aggressive and so confident. As a fan, when we’re not playing the Storm I really enjoy watching her play now. She’s got a lot of confidence in her game and that’s a big reason why they’re so successful and in a postseason hunt.

    On playing in KeyArena as a visitor:
    This is one of the best environments to play. The fans here are fantastic and they always have been. There’s a true home court feel. When you’re watching the games on TV you can just feel the energy and the vibe.

    NEW YORK GUARD CAPPIE PONDEXTER:
    On the game:
    We didn’t shoot very well in the second half. We can’t go into another team’s gym and expect to win when you shoot less than 38 percent. Seattle is a great team this year. They have a great coach.

    On Jackson's absence:
    Irregardless if Lauren is there or not, they’re still a great team. Cash stepped up with 20 points, Camille – those two are capable of putting up big numbers just as well as Lauren. Veselá is a great player too. When you have a great player like Lauren sitting out you can expect a great game from everyone else and for them to step up.

    NEW YORK CENTER TAJ MCWILLIAMS-FRANKLIN:
    On the game:
    For our team we just needed to execute in the fourth quarter. We don’t really worry about other teams, we worry about our offense and defense and I think we had some letdowns. We allowed some shots that we hadn’t allowed in the first three quarters.

    On Jackson's absence:
    We didn’t know anything about Lauren so we prepared as if she was going to play. We still did the same things we did if she had played or not.

    On KeyArena:
    I remember playing here in 2004 when they won the championship and this gym is a good gym. There is a lot of noise. They've got great fans with a lot of noise and you can barely hear your calls. I think that helps them a lot. I think all teams play better at home and you’ve got to win some on the road. We didn’t take advantage of the fact that Lauren didn’t play. We’re all pros, so if someone gets injured you have to do more and we didn’t do enough.

    2010 Postgame Quotes/Notes Archive