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Postgame Quotes/Notes - New York 58, Storm 56

Aug. 9, 2011

STORM HEAD COACH BRIAN AGLER:


On the game:
We had multiple opportunities. It was one of those games where the ball did not bounce our way. We had 20 turnovers. Until we get that corrected we are going to be on a roller coaster, so we have to eliminate turnovers.

On playing on the road:
It doesn't really matter where you play. We probably play better at home, obviously. You have to have a mental focus. You have to be locked in. We're making turnovers early in the game because we think we're not quite as sharp, we don't need to be as sharp right now. Well, every possession is important.

STORM GUARD SUE BIRD:


On the game:
This one was a tough one. We had a lot of opportunities there, during the end and throughout the game. It's disappointing, but you have to keep moving, you have to look forward. We're still in the run for a position in the West playoffs and hopefully get home court at least in the first round and go from there.

STORM GUARD TANISHA WRIGHT:


On the end of the game:
We had chances throughout the game, not just the last 17 seconds. Obviously that is what the hype is going to be around. If you look throughout, we had too many turnovers throughout the game and those are opportunities to at least have a shot. Our chances weren't just during the last 17 seconds - it was also during the game. During the last minute we executed, but we just did not knock down shots. When you're on the road you want to put yourselves in a position to win. Sometimes the ball goes in and sometime it does not.

NEW YORK HEAD COACH JOHN WHISENANT:
On defending Bird:
Our whole game plan was Sue. She's a great player, as you know. She's a high-percentage shooter and what we said from the beginning was we had to wear on her so that in the last two minutes of the game her legs were tired from the first three quarters. A lot of that was Leilani (Mitchell). Alex Montgomery did a little bit and Essence (Carson) working on her to try and wear her down.

On the end of the game:
It seems like we were playing defense the whole time. That's what I've been preaching to this team since I got here. The reason defense wins championships is because all games end up in a street fight. Which is what this felt like, a street fight, and if you can't play defense you can't win these kinds of battles.

NEW YORK GUARD CAPPIE PONDEXTER:
On Whisenant's defensive focus:
It's the reason we have him, to kind of give us that defensive edge. When games are on the line like that and when we get stops, we can basically win games.

NEW YORK GUARD ESSENCE CARSON:

On the game:
It was a very low-scoring game. It was a different style of defense (Seattle's), more traditional, but we fought it out to the end and the defense definitely carried us.

NEW YORK FORWARD PLENETTE PIERSON:

On the game:
It was a hard-fought game, two great teams going at each other. We both had some tough losses to some teams we feel we should not have lost too, so it was a big game for both teams and a lot on the line for both of us. We knew we had to turn our defense up if we wanted to win the game.

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