Postgame Quotes/Notes - Storm 75, Tulsa 59
STORM HEAD COACH BRIAN AGLER:
On the game:
I thought the last four minutes of the second quarter we started defending like we can. We talked about this at halftime - we gave up 13 points off our turnovers and we gave up 11 second-chance points. So 24 of their 32 points at halftime were off areas we need to get better at.
On Svetlana Abrosimova's three-point shooting:
She's obviously an exceptional shooter when she gets her feet set. She did the same thing against them there when we started playing better when we had good spacing. She played away from the basketball a lot. They like to flood the ball side with people. When we reversed the ball, she had open looks and knocked them down - good for us.
On the Storm's shooting:
We basically have an eight-player rotation and all eight people can hit three-point shots. The three people off the bench are very accurate three-point shooters right now. I think it helps us. It spaces the floor and it creates challenges, I think, for opponents.
STORM GUARD SUE BIRD:
On the Shock:
I don't think they pressed as much tonight as last time. From what our scout said, they haven't been pressing as much period. It was definitely different, but they are aggressive. For 40 minutes, they really don't stop. They're relentless. That can be hard.
On resting in the fourth quarter:
It was nice. I think it was great for some players who don't log as many minutes to get out there and get back into the team game and get a feel for the game. I think that will help us down the road.
On the Storm's level of play:
It's been all about defense and rebounding. We started off the season OK, then were playing really well on the defensive end. Then we've kind of let off since the All-Star break. So tonight we really were focused on it. We didn't really start that great in terms of rebounding, giving them some easy looks. But then we picked it up. To see it, hopefully, will allow us to know it's there and we can build on it.
STORM FORWARD SVETLANA ABROSIMOVA:
On her shooting:
They are extremely aggressive on the ball, so as long as we change the sides of the floor, pass, make extra passes, it's wide open. You hit one or two, you feel that and then your teammates start looking for you, so it gets really easy after that. I think that's what happens against them. They're over-aggressive against the ball and sometimes don't rotate to the other side.
On having made five threes in both matchups with Tulsa:
We've had a lot of games in between and they've played a lot of games. I don't think they really were concentrating on me as being the only one shooter on this team. It's hard to play against us. Everyone can hit threes. Lauren hit some, Swin and Tanisha (Wright). That's why it's not easy. You have to guard everybody and you have to sometimes sacrifice certain players.
On winning a blowout:
We're at the part of the season where we need our starting lineup to rest a little bit. The last couple of games were not easy. Yeah, we won, but they were close games and we gave a lot of energy. It was pretty tiring for some people. When you're up by 20 points, it's good that bench players can play and get the feel for the game. Some of the players haven't played in a month.
On the game:
We played a pretty good first half and came out in the second half real flat. I thought if we had just made a basket or two and kept the game the way we’d started, it’d have been a closer ballgame. That’s happened to us quite a few times this year. That third quarter seems to come up and bite us every time.
On the turning point in the game:
The Storm started making shots. They shot 50 percent from the three-point line in the first half – deep shots, out of the corners, they were making them. Again, we’re not a big team and the rebounding kills us. On one possession, they were getting sometimes three or four shots. When you get that many shots on one possession, you’re going to nail some of them. And that makes it very difficult for us.
On his first impressions of Nicole Ohlde:
She played very well for someone who has only had one workout. You can see that she understands the game. I think she got a little winded as the game went on because she doesn’t usually play those many minutes. It’s all about getting her wind up and I really think she’ll help us.
On the Storm:
I think Seattle is so balanced. Balance is so important in basketball. Even though Jackson is a great player, all the cast around her is great. It’s amazing how many players can come in and contribute. That’s a trademark of a very good team. They can just keep coming at you with a balanced attack. Their top seven or eight people are very, very good.
On the game:
It’s a challenge, especially the season (Seattle) is having. They’re very successful this year and setting records for wins plus undefeated at home. We knew it was going to be a challenge coming in. They’re a great team and are coached well. We were right with them until the third quarter and that’s what we’re trying to fix and figure out – how to come out of halftime with a little bit more energy. We just have to learn from it again and keep moving on.
On what changed in the third quarter:
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.
On her first game with the Shock:
It’s an adjustment. Yesterday was my first practice we have a lot of good girls in here. Hopefully I can continue to fit in and learn how everyone plays and the system. Obviously I’m disappointed in the loss, but just have to continue to get better.
On facing Jackson:
I tried to tell myself to not think about it and let the game come to me. A couple of my teammates had told me the same thing so I’m just trying to start over and play basketball.
On the attitude in the locker room compared to Phoenix:
You know, we lost games in Phoenix too; whenever you lose a game, you’re disappointed. So I don’t think that changes. Everybody in this league wants to win so I think it’s the same disappointment as it is everywhere.