Phoenix Mercury Postgame Quotes: Phoenix 98, Washington 103
Mystics HEAD COACH mike thibault
(On the let down in the third quarter...)
"I'm still kind of puzzled over some of the things that occurred in the last couple of minutes. For us, winning a road game like this... I don't know when the last time Washington won a season series with Phoenix, particularly a time when they won it on the road. We clinched a playoff spot for us tonight, clinched a winning road record for the year. That is pretty rewarding thing considering all the stuff we went through earlier in the year."
(On team's offensive efficiency...)"It helps when your best players make shots. You know when you come out and start the game with Toliver and Delle Donne making the shots that they did, and LaToya Sanders has kind of been our unsung hero all year. You know nobody in the league ever thought of her as an offensive player. She has carried us a lot when teams are trying to double team on Delle Donne and she has made people pay. I just thought we moved the ball, we had a high number of assist, I think we were able to step into our shots tonight instead of having to play off the dribble."
(On shutting down Mercury three point shots...)
"That was just the focus of the game, I mean you know we were going to give up some mid-range shots tonight, but we were going to try to stop their threes. They still made some, but they had to work to get them. You can't shut all of them down, we helped on Griner sometimes, but in the fourth quarter we tried to stay home and make it tough on them."
mystics forward Elena delle donne 30 points | 4 REBOUNDS
(On the team's production...)"Everything is feeling really good, we're spacing the floor really well, trusting in the extra pass finding one another. Defensively when we need to get stops we are able to come away with some. Huge road victory, now it is time to go home and get ready for Seattle."
(On her ability to create space away from the ball...)"I think it is years of playing against really good defenders, and just learning I can't just stand there or I am going to be taken away the entire game. I'm trying to stay on the move especially when teams are being aggressive. You can see fouls and holding when you are moving, but if you are just standing there it is easy to beat you up. You know I have my games, some better than others but I just have to continue to move."
mystics guard kristi toliver 25 points | 4 rebounds
(On the team's effort...)"I mean honestly everyone stepped in and did their thing, Mo (Monique) came in and made good plays, LaToya did her thing, knocked down here shots and played tough against BG, Natasha knocked down her shots, you know I think everybody that was in contributed and did their thing and that is what we need."
(On the team's third quarter breakdown...)"I mean they were getting the ball the BG with a back screen with Diana, and they were clearing out their guards so BG had the open block and they ran that over and over again. We couldn't get it right for a little bit, but we finally got it together on that end and put stops together and when we put stops together we know we are going to score the basketball, but we were just giving them too many opportunities.
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