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Postgame Quotes/Notes - Storm 111, Phoenix 107 (3OT)

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TONIGHT'S NOTES
  • The win is the Storm's eighth straight, the longest streak in franchise history (previously seven from June 29-July 18, 2008)
  • The Storm's 111 points tied a franchise record set against the Mercury on Aug. 4, 2007. All three 100-point outings in Storm history have come against Phoenix.
  • Tied at 107 with six seconds left in the third overtime, Sue Bird made a three-pointer to give the Storm a lead it would not relinquish. Lauren Jackson then made a free throw with 1.8 seconds left to seal the victory.
  • Jackson scored a team-high 31 points including a 10-for-11 performance from the free throw line and recorded a season-high 18 rebounds. Jackson's double-double was her seventh of the season.
  • All five starters scored in double figures for Seattle. Joining Jackson were Tanisha Wright (20), Bird (14), Swin Cash (14) and Camille Little (10).
  • Cash added a season-high 12 rebounds for her second double-double of the season, both in the last two games.
  • With a free throw early in the fourth quarter, Le'coe Willingham reached 1,000 points for her WNBA career.
  • The leagueís leading scorer, Taurasi poured in a season-high 44 points on 16-of-33 shooting, just three points shy of the WNBA record she shares with Jackson. The performance marks the reigning MVPís sixth 30-point performance this season and 29th of her career. It is also her fifth career back-to-back 30-point effort and second of the season as she scored 30 points at Los Angeles on July 6.
  • Candice Dupree scored 18 points and matched a season high with 14 rebounds for her team-leading fifth double-double this season and 33rd of her career.
  • The Storm clinched the regular-season series against Phoenix, having won all three games (of five) thus far. The Storm has won the series eight times in the 11-year history.
  • The Storm improved to 12-0 against Western Conference.
  • The overtime game marks the second time this season these two clubs have played extra periods and the fourth time in the last five meetings. Phoenix won on both occasions in the 2009 season but Seattle defeated the Mercury 95-89 on May 22 earlier this year.
  • July 14, 2010

    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.

    PHOENIX HEAD COACH COREY GAINES:
    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.

    PHOENIX FORWARD PENNY TAYLOR:
    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.

    PHOENIX GUARD TEMEKA JOHNSON:
    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.

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