Shock Rumbles Past Fever, 74-65

Ebony Hoffman
Hoffman led the team in rebounds for the fourth straight game with eight. She connected on two for three from three-point range and added 12 points and two steals.
Tan White
White lead the Fever in scoring with 14 points, three rebounds and two steals.
Lin Dunn
“This was a very physical game and we did not match their physicality. I’m very disappointed that we didn’t rebound better and that our players did not step up. I thought we looked fatigued, but that’s no excuse. Detroit did a great job on K.T. [Katie Douglas], especially Katie Smith. Their bigs were also jumping out on K.T. We missed many easy shots which we have to make. We really thought we could win this game. In the second half, Detroit came out with lots of energy and we didn’t match that.”

Tully Bevilaqua
“We’re very disappointed and let ourselves down. We’ve got to dig deeper and not think about the fatigue factor. We didn’t match them physically, and we let them be the aggressors on the boards.”

Points in the paint:
Fever 18, Shock 30
Second-chance points:
Fever 8, Shock 22
Fast-break points:
Fever 12, Shock 7
Points off turnovers:
Fever 10, Shock 15
Starters scoring:
Fever 49, Shock 54
Bench scoring:
Fever 16, Shock 20
Shock 74, Fever 65
May 31, 2008 at Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
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Team Record 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Detroit 5-1 13 15 25 21 74
at Indiana 3-2 18 14 12 21 65

INDIANAPOLIS(AP) -- Katie Smith scored 19 points and Detroit used a 13-0 run spanning the third and fourth quarters to beat the Indiana Fever 74-65 Saturday night.

Elaine Powell added a season-high 14 points for the Shock (5-1), who took a half-game lead over Connecticut for first place in the Eastern Conference.

The Fever (3-2) led by as many as 10 points in the second quarter but went cold as the Shock started their comeback. A 3-pointer by Smith put Detroit up 42-40 midway through the third, then Indiana took its final lead on a 3-pointer by Ebony Hoffman and a free throw by Tan White.

The Fever missed their next six shots and had five straight turnovers during Detroit's decisive streak.

A layup by Smith and free throw by Plenette Pierson put Detroit up 53-44 at the end of the period, and a basket by Cheryl Ford completed the run for a 55-44 lead early in the final quarter.

Indiana closed to 55-49 on the first basket by high-scoring Katie Douglas, but Smith followed that with another 3-pointer. The Fever again cut the lead to 69-65 in the final minute before Detroit scored the last five points on free throws.

White led Indiana with 14 points. Hoffman finished with 12 points, including two 3-pointers in one game for the first time in her career.

Douglas, acquired from Connecticut in the offseason, set a Fever record with at least 20 points in each of her first four games and came in as the league's second-leading scorer. But she finished with nine points and didn't even attempt a shot until late in the second quarter after six points by Hoffman and miserable early shooting by the Shock helped Indiana take a 25-15 lead.

A basket by Smith started an 8-0 Detroit run, and the Shock pulled within 25-23. Hoffman came back with a 3-pointer, though, and Indiana built the lead back to seven before a 41-foot bank shot at the buzzer by Powell brought the Shock within 32-28 at halftime.

  • Tonight's attendance of 9,219 is the Fever's third straight game with 9,000+ in attendance. Indiana had just two crowds of 9,000+ all of last season.
  • While scoring in single digits for the first time as a member of the Fever, Katie Douglas led Indiana with a season-high tying five assists.
  • On her way to 12 points, Ebony Hoffman connected on 2-3 from 3-pt range. That is the first time in her WNBA career that Hoffman has made more than one 3-pt FG in a single game and those are her first 3-pt FG of 2008. She made just two all of last season and came into 2008 with just eight in her four WNBA seasons.
  • Hoffman led the team in rebounds for the fourth straight game with eight. She had a season-high tying four offensive rebounds, matching the most by any Fever player this season.
  • Overall, the Fever was outrebounded, 44-34, tonight and a large part of that difference was a 21-13 edge on the offensive boards for the Shock. Detroit's 21 offensive rebounds are the most ever by a Fever opponent and represent just the second game of 20+ offensive rebounds vs. Indiana in nine WNBA seasons.
  • In just her second appearance for the Fever, Sherill Baker led the Fever bench in scoring (7 points), rebounds (5) and assists (2).
  • Since going without a blocked shot in either of the first two games, Tammy Sutton-Brown has had multiple blocks in each of the last three games and has had a season-best three blocks in each of the last two.
  • While the Shock's leading scorer, Plenette Pierson (17.0 ppg), scored just eight points tonight, Katie Smith had one of her best games of the young season with 19--just two short of her best effort of 2008.
  • After scoring a career-high 22 points in the Shock's home win vs. Indiana, 5/21, Kara Braxton scored just three points on 1-7 FG and 1-2 FT tonight. In the first meeting with the Fever, Braxton shot 8-10 FG and 6-8 FT.
  • Detroit's 11 turnovers are the fewest by a Fever opponent this season.