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Postgame Quotes/Notes - Minnesota 72, Storm 71

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TONIGHT'S NOTES
  • The loss snapped the Storm's 13-game winning streak, the third longest in WNBA history and longest in Storm franchise history.
  • The Storm became the second team in WNBA history to win at least 22 games before suffering their third loss (the 1998 Comets started 25-2).
  • The loss was the Storm's first of the year against a Western Conference foe (16-1).
  • Sue Bird (16 points, 10 assists) recorded her third double-double of the season.
  • Lauren Jackson scored a season-low 12 points. Jackson's minutes were limited by a left thumb injury, though she returned to play after halftime.
  • Swin Cash (eight points) was held below double-digits for the second time this season. The Storm is 0-2 in those games.
  • In a season-high 14 minutes, Ashley Robinson pulled down a season-high seven boards.
  • With 24 points, Seimone Augustus led Minnesota. The Lynx is 4-2 when she scores 20-plus points.
  • Minnesota snapped a five-game losing streak that began against the Storm on July 17.
  • All three Storm-Lynx matchups this season have been decided by a single possession, with a total of six points margin of victory. The Storm won the first two meetings.
  • Aug. 1, 2010

    STORM HEAD COACH BRIAN AGLER:


    On the matchup with the Lynx:
    We have had three tough ones and, unfortunately, we did not make a play at the end to get over the hump tonight. We had 17 (turnovers). That is less than the 23 we had the last time, but yes, 17 is a little high for what we average.

    I think they have a really good team. I do not know why their record is the way it is. I do not understand that because I think that they have a really good team. They have good talent, they have better players, they have a couple of extremely good offensive players, they have one of the best offensive rebounders in the game, they have an excellent point guard. So I mean, maybe they got fired up for us. I do not know.

    On having a 13-game winning streak snapped:
    Eventually you are going to lose some games. It is tough. Every team in this league is good. We have had the ability to finish games off and just about did it again, but did not get it done. Basically, we dug ourselves into a hole. I hate to put it on one or two (possessions) down the stretch. We dug ourselves into a hole and that just happens. In the past, we had the ability to dig out of it. I think there are a couple of plays -- they got an offensive board, a tip out, another opportunity which ran time off the clock, and (Nicky) Anosike's jump shot and free throw. We were scoring at a decent clip down the stretch, but we had to get stops also.

    STORM GUARD SUE BIRD:


    On the game:
    It was another tough game for us. For us, it was the tale of two halves. The first half we really weren't playing our game, we were all out of sorts, and they took advantage of that and got a big lead. And from there we were trying to play catch-up. Unfortunately it did not end in our favor.

    On having a 13-game winning streak snapped:
    Sometimes losses can actually be the biggest win, so to speak, and I think in this situation, this is going to help us in the long run. It gets to a point when you are on a winning streak, and you are winning a bunch of games, and when you lose people act like this isn't the toughest league in the world to play in. I did not think that we were going to go undefeated the rest of the way, and tonight showed us some things that we need to work on and we are just like every other team - a work in progress getting ready for the playoffs, and that is how we are going to approach this and move on to Tulsa.

    On Anosike's key scores:
    Her basket, that play was not designed for her to get that basket. We played tough defense and we tried to keep the ball out of Seimone (Augustus)'s hands. They just made a play and found her in the corner and she did a good job at getting it in. The free throws were because we finally forced Seimone to take the tough shot and finally she missed. Anosike just attacked the boards, rebounded and got fouled. Those things happen. With all of that, we still had an opportunity to win.

    STORM GUARD TANISHA WRIGHT:


    On having a 13-game winning streak snapped:
    We get better from here. We look at the game and we see what went wrong, we make adjustments and we move on. You can't dwell on it. It's done and it is in the past, so we just move forward.

    On Anosike's scores:
    We did not let Seimone get the shot off because she had been killing us all night with her shots. She did what she was supposed to do. Her free throw was just us on securing a rebound. Everyone was just fighting to get the win.

    MINNESOTA HEAD COACH CHERYL REEVE:
    On the game:
    Obviously a much-needed win for us. Really, really proud of our team in terms of being in a close game. While we probably gave them the opportunity to be pretty close, we still gutted it out and made plays at the end and managed to win the game. This is the third time we've played Seattle like this. We were pretty hungry to make sure there was a different outcome this time.

    On whether she was afraid during the Storm's final shot:
    I don't think so much that. I think there is always an element of where's (Lauren) Jackson. Jackson, Bird, (Swin) Cash ... it's pick which player was going to make the play and offensively impact the play. It was just a one-on-one, Bird vs. (Lindsay)Whalen and Bird going to her strong side, which is her left, and the pull-up J and Whalen was there enough to bother her at least a little bit, and we were able to get the win.

    On Anosike's scores:
    Her jumper was off a broken play. Great penetration, I don't remember who it was by, either Whalen or (Alexis) Hornbuckle, got into the paint and Nicky was there wide open for a 12-footer. She makes that shot all day long and I was glad she had the confidence to stand there and knock it down. Play of the game was no question how she went after that board and got us that opportunity. Those plays, and I've talked about this with the team all season long, that's the little things that win games and the hustle plays. We wanted to make sure we came out on top of this team on hustle plays. While it was probably a pretty close margin, that was a huge hustle play and obviously going there to make at least one free throw to give us a chance to win the game.

    MINNESOTA FORWARD SEIMONE AUGUSTUS:
    On the game:
    We executed down the stretch. We made some great plays. I'm just glad it ended on a defensive possession. That's where you get most of your confidence, in knowing that you can defend a team like Seattle with two players that can score at ease in Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird. I guess I applaud us for executing down the stretch.

    On her scoring:
    Coach just wanted me to be aggressive. I guess it kind of worked in my advantage. Swin Cash got into a little bit of foul trouble so I was able to be more aggressive when she was defending me. But we ran a lot of the same plays that got me open and got other players open.

    On winning a close game:
    We definitely needed this. Coming into the last 10 games of the season, I am quite sure we are going to face another game like this because now we know we can get over that hump. The past two or three games we have lost by two or three, we always kind of found a way to lose the games. So tonight, it felt really good.

    MINNESOTA FORWARD CHARDE HOUSTON:
    On the game:
    We kept our composure and remained focused down the stretch, and it really made a difference.

    On starting:
    For me it doesn't matter. I face my role whether I am starting or if I am coming off of the bench. Ultimately, I just want to bring energy and make sure that I keep up the intensity whenever I am on the floor.

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