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Postgame Quotes/Notes - Storm 80, San Antonio 74

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TONIGHT'S NOTES
  • The win is the Storm's 10th straight, extending the longest streak in franchise history.
  • The Storm improved to 9-2 this season when trailing after three quarters.
  • Seattle remained undefeated against Western Conference opposition (14-0).
  • The Storm tied the most road wins in a season in franchise history (nine). The Storm's current six-game winning streak eclipsed July 22-Aug. 8, 2006 (five games) as the longest in franchise history.
  • The Storm swept the season series with San Antonio for the second time in franchise history (3-0 in 2004).
  • Seattle was led in scoring by Lauren Jackson with 21 points and seven rebounds. Jackson shot 61.5% from the field (9-of-13) and 42.8% from the three-point line (3-of-7).
  • Sue Bird finished the game with 20 points and seven assists for Seattle. She shot 60% from both the field and the three-point line (6-of-10 FGM, 3-of-5 3FGM).
  • Four of the Silver Stars starters finished the game in double-figure scoring: Chamique Holdsclaw Ė 16, Sophia Young Ė 18, Michelle Snow Ė 16, and Roneeka Hodges with 11. Holdsclaw and Young each scored 12 of their points in the first half.
  • Becky Hammon led the Silver Stars with a team-high 10 assists and three steals. The 10 assists ties Hammonís career high and her three steals tie her season high
  • The Storm finished the third quarter on a 9-1 run and went on an 11-2 run in the fourth quarter to take the lead for good.
  • San Antonio outscored Seattle in the paint 32 (16-of-31) to 18 (12-of-20). In the previous three meetings, the Storm had a 142-72 advantage in points in the paint.
  • July 20, 2010

    STORM HEAD COACH BRIAN AGLER:


    On the win:
    We have been through this a lot. It has sort of been a rhythm of whatís going on with our team. We have a group of people that are resilient as a group and as individuals, but they really bring it out when they are playing together.

    On what changed in the third quarter:
    We finally started getting some stops, rebounded the ball a little better, and we had people hit some shots. But I think for us to do well it all starts with our defense and we finally got them under control from scoring, and that gave us a chance to get back in the game.

    On the matchup with San Antonio:
    Well, this is the fourth time we have played the Silver Stars, so we know each other very well. They have really studied us, made some adjustments, made improvements as a team, so they rebounded the ball very well tonight and had the ability to get into a flow offensively early in the game.

    STORM GUARD SUE BIRD:


    On the Storm's mindset when the team trailed by 10 points:
    Itís the same as the beginning of the game, itís the same as halftime and it never really changes. Thatís the beauty of our team, and itís kind of what allows us to continue to win.

    On playing a series of close games:
    All of a sudden because we have the best record in the league and we have only lost two games, people expect us to win by 20 every game. I have experienced that actually in college; when you win a lot, people expect you to win by 20. Itís not something we expect; we know that this league is way too good.

    STORM CENTER LAUREN JACKSON:


    On the Storm:
    I think that we kind of have to all separate. We havenít had any time whatsoever. The fact is it will look better on our game because we all wonít be worried. We get to go home now and have a bit of a break and then start working on our game, regrouping and tightening up a bit.

    On the Storm's mindset when the team trailed by 10 points:
    I think itís pretty much the same as every game. Just stay positive; we donít really get panicked. Everyone just sort of rallies and does their own thing.

    SAN ANTONIO HEAD COACH SANDY BRONDELLO:
    On the game:
    It was our turnovers again that created their offense and they got some open looks. Sue Bird was big when she needed to be. Thatís what (Seattle) does; they play with a lot of confidence. They have players that play multiple positions and they can make shots. Itís nice to have Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird on your team too.

    On the team's mindset:
    Our players know they had an opportunity to win this game, so they will be hurting about this loss. We just have to stay positive. The fact is that weíre getting better. Weíve seen a lot of progress, especially on the defensive end. It more about keeping them uplifted. We have to learn from it and just know that weíre getting better and weíre getting to where we need to be to beat the best teams in the league.

    On Becky Hammon's performance:
    They put a lot of pressure on her tonight. She had 10 assists tonight, so she distributed the ball well for us. What they do is put a lot of pressure on you. She was still solid. Iíve been happy with her.

    SAN ANTONIO FORWARD SOPHIA YOUNG:
    On the game:
    First off, Seattle is playing very well. Theyíre the best team in the league. Weíve played terrible against them throughout the season, but we showed a lot of improvement. We just have to find a way to finish games. We just didnít fight enough at the end.

    On the biggest factor in the game:
    It was our turnovers. We turned the ball over and they executed on the offensive end. Overall we played a pretty good game. It was literally the turnovers that cause them to get the transition buckets and we kept doing it over and over.

    SAN ANTONIO GUARD RONEEKA HODGES:
    On the game:
    Today we really got better. We havenít been playing the way weíre capable of playing. We kept it close, we just didnít get the job done.

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