Post Game Notes and Quotes: Chicago vs Storm – 6/9

 

TEAM

 SCORE

 RECORD

 HIGH POINTS

 HIGH REBOUNDS

 HIGH ASSISTS

Chicago

78

2-2

Parker (18)

Parker (11)

Vandersloot (7)

Seattle

71

3-3

Loyd, Howard (20)

Russell, Canada (6)

Canada (6)

 

SKY NOTES

  • The Sky shot 63.2% from the field and 50% from behind the arc in the first quarter.
  • The Sky made their first five shots of the game.
  • Stefanie Dolson scored a season-high 15 points on 7-for-8 shooting.
  • Katie Lou Samuelson scored her first points at Wintrust Arena with a 3-pointer at the 7:32 mark in the second quarter.
  • Cheyenne Parker recorded her fifth career double-double.
  • The Sky outrebounded the Storm 45-22 in the game.
  • Courtney Vandersloot recorded the most assists of any WNBA player on the night with seven.

 

STORM NOTES

  • The Storm never held a lead in the game.
  • With 7:15 remaining in the second quarter, the Storm trailed by a game-high 26 points.
  • The Storm did not make a 3-point shot in the first half, 0-for-6 and went 3-for-18 total in the game.
  • The Storm closed the first half on a 17-1 run.
  • Natasha Howard tied for a Storm-leading 20 points, the fourth straight game she has led the team in scoring.
  • Three Storm players, Jewell Loyd, Jordin Canada, and Howard were the top three players in the league in steals tonight.

 

POSTGAME QUOTES

SKY HEAD COACH AND GENERAL MANAGER JAMES WADE

On Cheyenne Parker’s double-double outing:

“I thought she dominated the game. That’s what we needed from her. She works hard, and we just want her to reward herself by seeing it out there on the floor during the game, so we’re happy about it but we have more games to play so we look forward to her doing it some more.”

On what can be done regarding turnovers:

“I think we just keep practicing. We’ve had two days of practice where we focused strictly on rebounds and it came to this point where we doubled up a team in rebounds. So I think practice is where we get it, because they work really hard and the coaches do a really good job of preparing practices and putting them in situations to be successful and also putting them in situations to be uncomfortable in practice. So we just have to keep focused on the things that hinder us a little bit. We’ll do that, and we’ll be better.”

 

SKY FORWARD CHEYENNE PARKER

On improvement in team rebounding compared to last game:

“Coach Wade emphasized that. Practice was basically about rebounding these past two days, so I just tried to really focus on rebounding. He [Coach Wade] told me from the beginning that he wants me to be the offensive rebounder for the team, so I try to keep that in the back of the mind when I’m out there.”

On what she did over the offseason to stay physically fit for the season:

“Well, being in Korea was definitely helpful. We practiced six hours a day and didn’t have many days off. I also changed my diet up a bit and learned a lot of balance. But I think just pushing my body to the next level helped me find what I’m capable of doing and how far I can push myself so it helped me get in the best shape possible.”

 

SKY CENTER STEFANIE DOLSON

On the impact of having multiple players who can make 3-point shots and how it personally affects her game:

“It spreads the floor. It gives our guards more space to drive to the basket and bringing their defense all the way up to the 3-point line makes it way easier for us to get points in the paint…My mindset is just to shoot if I’m open, not to hesitate and be confident with it, because it spreads the floor and also allows me the opportunity to make them respect the shot.”

On whether she is more confident in her shot range:

“Tonight felt good. I felt back to my normal self, I was getting loose, shooting pick-and-pops and a couple three-pointers, so I felt good.”

 

STORM INTERIM HEAD COACH GARY KLOPPENBURG

On the Storm’s sluggish start to the game:

“I thought we, for whatever reason, we started the game out kind of sluggish and a step slow defensively, and I thought that we were in a hole the whole game trying to dig out and it seemed we’d dig out a little bit and then we’d slip back down, so it was just one of those kinds of games and it felt like a struggle all game. I will say we fought and tried to get ourselves back in it, and I thought we played really hard after we got into the second, but by the fourth quarter, the lead was too big and we couldn’t get out.”

On Chicago’s bench and Cheyenne Parker’s performance: 

“Yeah, their bench really hurt us tonight. Obviously we’ve gotta do a better job on Parker coming in off the bench, and Williams hurt us as well coming in off the bench as well. That’s a good offensive team, and I thought if we had a good offensive game, we’re right in there with a chance to win, and unfortunately we couldn’t close that gap. We were at six a couple times, but we could never get it to four. We had a couple turnovers that hurt us, so when you get in a game like that, everything’s gotta go good to get back into it.”

On Sue Bird’s absence:

“Yeah, obviously you’re never gonna get over losing somebody like that in a season, but it’s a journey and this group has been playing together and learning how to win together. We always come out hard on defense. When we come out and play good offensively, we can beat anybody in the league, unfortunately we didn’t we didn’t play consistent offensively tonight.

 

STORM GUARD JEWELL LOYD

 

On comparing and contrasting Sunday’s rematch with the first meeting a week earlier: 

“We didn’t start either game off well. I think that’s something in the league you have to do. You have to come out strong. You have to every game, but definitely on the road. We didn’t do that until later in the game. Probably the same result. Obviously, we didn’t win last time, and we didn’t win this time. We dug ourselves into a pretty big hole. We fought back, but you gotta start off intense or it’s gonna be a long night.”

On hers and Natasha Howard’s strong scoring nights: 

“Personally, I was disappointed with how I shot the ball. I missed a lot of easy stuff, but we’re just trying to stay aggressive, trying to get to the free-throw line, trying to move the ball. We’re still working through a lot of things, but we’re just trying to stay aggressive.”

On the Storm’s offensive struggles Sunday night:

“We weren’t fluid on offense, and it was actually our defense. We weren’t together on defense. We missed a couple of assignments, and they definitely executed down the stretch. That’s on us. It’s not saying Chicago didn’t do anything well, but it’s our mental mistakes that caused them to excel down the stretch.”

STORM GUARD JEWELL LOYD

On back-to-back losses to the Sky: 

“Starting off slow in the first half we put ourselves in a hole in the first game as well. We can’t start off slow in this league, this league is too good to do that. We have another game at Indy on Tuesday so that’s a good way to bounce back.

On the Storm’s 17-1 run to finish first half:

“Our defense got us back in the game, we started limiting them to one shot and getting defensive rebounds and on offense we really began pushing it down their throat.”

On the Sky’s success from 3-point range:

“We also opt for one-on-one defense on the perimeter with everybody, the Sky was just knocking everything down in the first half and we were just slow on everything.”

 

NEXT UP

The Sky are next scheduled to take on the Phoenix Mercury (2-2) on June 11 at Wintrust Arena. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcasted on WCIU Chicago.