Postgame Quotes/Notes - Storm 111, Phoenix 107 (3OT)
STORM HEAD COACH BRIAN AGLER:
On the game:
I thought both teams really competed hard. As the game went on it started being played better. You know the first game after a break, you never know what is going to happen. It started getting a little bit rusty early in the game. It wasnít really a high-scoring game, if you just take into consideration regulation and who you are playing against, but I think it is a game that both teams started playing a little better. We felt fortunate to have won because we felt that we have opportunities earlier that didnít play out, but at the same time I thought that we competed hard and showed a lot of resiliency in ourselves. We stayed right in there against Phoenix.
On a three-shot foul drawn by Diana Taurasi:
It was probably a good call. Everyone in the arena knew what was going to happen. If we had to do it over again we would have just played straight up. Diana is extremely cagey, she knows what is going on and you canít get anything past her.
STORM CENTER LAUREN JACKSON:
On the game:
It was a really long and tiring game. We are lucky that we came away with the win. Phoenix played a great game, but I donít think that we played all that well.
On dominating the paint:
I donít think I did, I donít know how many minutes we played, but we played an extra three quarters of basketball so I had more stats. I think it was good for our team to get out of this tough one. I am just happy we won.
STORM GUARD TANISHA WRIGHT:
On the game:
Itís always tough to play a team like them. They have great players so anytime you can come here and get a good win like that, you got to be satisfied with that.
On the Storm offense:
You know, you just take what they give you. I think we did a good job of that. They really did some different things, they had some different line ups, they had zone, they did this and they did that. We just did a really good job of taking what they gave us.
On the loss:
It was a regular-season game; money time comes later. No letdown; sometimes you lose games, sometimes itís a good loss. I take it as a good loss. They fought hard, they didnít quit when we were down 10, thatís a good loss.
On the Mercury's level of play:
They are close, and weíll get closer too. We can always get better. They got a little rest there, theyíll get more rest. By the end of the season weíll get a lot of rest, weíll be ready.
On playing the Storm:
The true test will come in the playoffs. Weíll meet in the playoffs. It will be good; it will be good for the WNBA. Theyíre a good team, theyíre number one.
On takeaways from the game:
I think you can take away that itís a team weíre going to face in the playoffs. Weíve shown them that weíre not going to lay die down and die and we fought really hard. Hopefully we can get better before we play this team again.
On clutch plays made by both teams:
There were some amazing plays, just some huge plays to put us in that position to win the game. Everyone stepped up and everyone made sure that they were giving everything to try and get that win. So many ridiculous plays in one game, those were probably the most amazing and clutch plays Iíve seen, obviously not the last one. It was just a lot of people stepping up, really exciting basketball.
On where this game ranks:
Pretty high. Obviously the loss dampers it a little. I donít know how many times Iíve gone into triple-overtime in the end. I think itís a great display of basketball from two great teams.
On making a statement to the Storm:
Itís not just at Seattle, we try to prove that every night when we go out and face any opponent that we play against. We just try to get better every game and every day at practice.
On sitting out down the stretch:
You go with the flow. You have a vibe for something, you have a feel for something, as long as we come out with a win, which we didnít but I donít have a problem with it. I respect the decision that he (Gaines) makes, and I roll with them. I have complete trust and confidence in any teammate of mine that he puts out there. The decision that he made, I respect it.