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Postgame Quotes/Notes - Storm 76, Los Angeles 75

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TONIGHT'S NOTES
  • The Storm finished 17-0 at KeyArena this year, setting a new WNBA record for home wins in a season. The 2001 Los Angeles Sparks went 16-0 before the schedule was extended to 34 games.
  • The 28 total wins by the Storm tie the 2000 and 2001 Sparks (both 28-4) for the best in a single-season in WNBA history.
  • The Storm's .824 winning percentage is the best for any team in Seattle pro sports history, surpassing the 2005 Seattle Seahawks (13-3, .813).
  • The L.A. loss eliminated Minnesota from playoff contention. The Silver Stars clinch the No. 3 seed (with the Sparks as the No. 4 seed) with either a win or a Minnesota loss tomorrow.
  • The Storm faces the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference Semifinals. Game 1 is scheduled for Wednesday, July 25 at 8 p.m. at KeyArena.
  • Tanisha Wright's fadeaway jumper with 50.7 seconds left was the game-winning score.
  • Wright's basket snapped a 15-2 Los Angeles run. The Storm had scored just one basket in the previous 7:58 of action.
  • Camille Little scored 11 of her career-high 22 points in the third quarter.
  • With 21 points, Lauren Jackson (5,757 points) moved ahead of Katie Smith (5,754) for third on the WNBA's all-time scoring list. Smith plays tomorrow and has a chance to reclaim third place at the end of the season.
  • Sue Bird (a career-high 3.17) surpassed Ticha Penicheiro (3.06) as the league's leader in assist-to-turnover ratio. Penicheiro (6.9) leads the league in assists per game, while Bird (5.8) is second pending tomorrow's games. Lindsay Whalen (5.7) would need eight assists tomorrow to move ahead of Bird.
  • Tina Thompson (20 points) scored 20+ six times in eight August games.
  • The Storm swept the season series with the Sparks 5-0. Previously, the Storm swept the series in 2007 (4-0).
  • Aug. 21, 2010

    STORM HEAD COACH BRIAN AGLER:


    On going into the playoffs:
    Yeah, I guess we're ready. We've got a day to rest and two days to practice.

    On the fourth quarter:
    That wasn't a typical game. We usually close games better. We ended up winning the game, obviously - we had to make a play or two to do it. We had a series of missed shots at the rim, we came down the floor and they had a couple good looks against us, we had a couple lapses defensively. We had a turnover or two. I'm going to watch it and probably not enjoy it very much. Hopefully it's something we can get better from.

    On the Sparks:
    I think both teams have really good competitors. They've got a wealth of experience on that team. Between (Marie) Ferdinand-Harris and Tina Thompson and (Ticha) Penicheiro and DeLisha Milton-Jones, they've probably got 40 years of experience. They went through all their tough period early in the year when they lost games. They're to the point now where they're going to take whatever it takes to win. They're going to do what they have to do. Those type of teams end up being pretty good. They're mentally tough and they come down and really execute.

    STORM GUARD TANISHA WRIGHT:


    On her game-winning score:
    The angle was tough, but I had a good look at it. If you make it, you make it. If you don't, you don't. You've just got to live with it. But it was a good look.

    On the shot clock running down:
    I was aware of it. I was surprised she (Sue Bird) gave me the ball.

    On going into the playoffs:
    It's a clean slate, it really is. We're confident in ourselves and our abilities and what we can do. That's basically all we can control. We'll take tomorrow off, come in Monday and Tuesday, get some practice time, work on some things and we'll be ready to go Wednesday..

    STORM GUARD SUE BIRD:


    On going undefeated at home:
    It's definitely a plus. It speaks loudly to our fans and the energy they bring us. Whether we're winning or losing, close game or blowout, they're in every game and it really keeps us energized. I've said this all year long - no other team likes to play here. I think it's all about our fans in that regard. So to go undefeated at home is really special.

    On her thought process in passing the ball to Wright:
    I asked Brian if we had any timeouts and I knew there were five seconds on the shot clock. So when I got the ball, I had this array of thoughts boom, boom, boom. Timeout? No. Can I shoot it? No. Then I saw T. To be honest, I wasn't hitting my shot tonight and I know T is very good at getting in and creating. Everybody was in the lane, so when I saw her kind of open, boom. She created something and got a good look, so it worked out.

    STORM FORWARD CAMILLE LITTLE:


    On the fourth quarter:
    We were up by 12 and let them get back in the game. It was something that we can control - our defense and our defensive intensity. They're a great team. They have a lot of great players on their team. If we do that, they're going to score easily.

    On going undefeated at home:
    It's great. I think it's great for the city, great for our fans. I hope it gives them a boost to keep coming back and I look forward to playing in front of them.

    LOS ANGELES HEAD COACH JENNIFER GILLOM:
    On the game:
    Iím proud of my team tonight. I really am. They came out to play; they came out to win. They played a ton of minutes last night, and they could have said something like, 'This game doesnít matter because weíre in the playoffs,' but they didnít. They wanted to win. Weíre shooting for third place. Our players came out playing excellent basketball. We were down twelve points and continued to fight back. Iím just so proud of these girls right now.

    On the mood of the team:
    Theyíre disappointed because they wanted to win. If a lucky shot had gone in at the end, it would have been a different game. It is heartbreaking because they fought hard for it. Theyíre confident, and I think this made them feel good going into the playoffs if we have to play this team.

    On what she learned from the game:
    Weíre going to watch the film and take a better look and see what adjustments we need to make that we didnít do tonight.

    On the lack of offensive rebounding in the second half:
    Itís little things like that that can cost you a game. I think weíre learning from that. That, to me, is what these kinds of games are all about. It helps you get prepared for big-time games, like in the playoffs.

    On turnovers:
    I donít even want to go there. That gets my blood boiling. Maybe it is playing in this gym. There was a great crowd tonight, very loud. Maybe itís the nerves of wanting to win so badly. But Iím hoping that weíve learned to keep our composure in the second half when the crowd gets into it and things are not going our way.

    LOS ANGELES FORWARD TINA THOMPSON:
    On surrendering offensive rebounds:
    We missed assignments and when youíre scrambling, things like that happen.

    On what she learned from the game:
    Do better next time. We lost, so I donít see very many positives in that. We can see a lot of things we can do better to win.

    On potentially facing the Storm:
    Weíve played them five times, so at this point, if we donít know them by now, then we havenít been paying attention. Weíre going to keep coming out and playing hard fighting. Thatís what our players are all about, is to leave everything out there and give it our all.

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