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Postgame Quotes/Notes - Storm 81, Los Angeles 66 (Game 2)

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TONIGHT'S NOTES
  • The Storm swept the series 2-0, advancing to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2004. The Storm had lost five consecutive playoff series.
  • The sweep was just the second in Storm franchise history. The Storm swept the Minnesota Lynx in the 2004 Western Conference Semifinals.
  • The Storm improved to 1-4 in playoff series against the Sparks.
  • Los Angeles opened the game with a 14-4 run. The storm took the lead for good with a 12-3 run early in the second quarter.
  • During the second quarter, Swin Cash shot 4-of-4 from three-point range and the Storm was 7-of-9 as a team. Both marks tied WNBA playoff records.
  • Lauren Jackson led the Storm with 24 points, her highest scoring total since Game 3 of the 2004 Western Conference Finals vs. Sacramento. Jackson also grabbed nine rebounds.
  • Sue Bird scored 10 of her 15 points in the fourth quarter.
  • The Storm improved to 3-8 all-time in road playoff games, including 1-5 at the Staples Center. The Storm's last road win was Aug. 30, 2005 at Houston.
  • Aug. 28, 2010

    STORM HEAD COACH BRIAN AGLER:


    On the game:
    The Sparks are a very tough team and I know how difficult it was for them to play through so many injuries and deal with such adversity. L.A. really improved as the season went on and their veteran leadership was on display down the stretch and into the playoffs. Iím real proud how we played in this series and how we made sure to close them out tonight.

    On coming back from an early deficit:
    L.A.came out hitting shots and making plays, which we expected based on them coming home in front of their home crowd. We felt our team was prepared from the start but our intensity lacked early in the first quarter. Our offense was stagnant to start the game and I felt we werenít moving the ball well enough. We started hitting shots and scoring inside, which really opened up the court offensively.

    STORM CENTER LAUREN JACKSON:


    On closing out the series:
    It was very important to close out the series tonight knowing our next opponent closed out their series as well. We need as much time as possible to get rest and focus our attention on Phoenix and making it to the Finals.

    On the Storm offense:
    We started the game out holding the ball and not much ball movement. As the game went on we really focused on moving the ball and making sure we took good shots. Playing Los Angeles is always a tough matchup; they play with a lot of pride and we know how tough they compete. This was a very important win for us and we are very much looking forward to moving on!

    LOS ANGELES HEAD COACH JENNIFER GILLOM:
    On the game:
    Playing this team was a real challenge and we really had trouble stopping all their offensive weapons. In the first half Lauren really took it to us and we made some adjustments, but in the second half (Sue) Bird and (Swin) Cash really picked them up and took the game over.

    On playing the conclusion of the season without Candace Parker:
    Losing Candace was really tough. She is one of the best players in the WNBA and I am very excited to have her back next year. I thought our team developed well over the course of the season and I really think getting Candace back next year will propel us as a top team in the league.

    LOS ANGELES FORWARD TINA THOMPSON:
    On the season:
    Overall, we encountered as many trials and tribulations as I have seen over the course of my career. I felt the team competed throughout the season and we felt the team was playing its best going into the playoffs.

    Losing players and facing adversity is something these players must get used to. I thought our team played hard throughout the season and Iím proud how we left everything on the floor.

    LOS ANGELES FORWARD NOELLE QUINN:
    On the game:
    I donít think it was anything Seattle did that lost us this game. I thought our execution was poor tonight and we just couldnít capitalize on our opportunities. We had a lot of trouble knocking down shots tonight and I thought that was the difference tonight.

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