Shock Outmuscles Fever

Catchings was Indiana's only scorer in double figures, finishing with 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting. She had four rebounds and two assists.
In general:
“We turned the ball over too many times and they outrebounded us badly. We shot just 37 percent, whenever you do any of those things, you're not going to win very many games.”

On relaxing after clinching home-court advantage:
“This is the first time that I think we relaxed a little bit. [Detroit] killed us on the boards and they beat us every way imaginable. Anytime that you have a team that already knows its position playing against another team that is desparate for a win, that's a tough situation. But that's not an excuse. We can't be a championship team and play with that kind of effort.”

Points in the paint:
Fever 12, Shock 22
Second-chance points:
Fever 5, Shock 11
Fast-break points:
Fever 0, Shock 6
Points off turnovers:
Fever 4, Shock 20
Starters scoring:
Fever 36, Shock 46
Bench scoring:
Fever 4, Shock 9
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Shock 55, Fever 40

August 25, 2005 at The Palace at Auburn Hills (Detroit, Mich.)

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    DETROIT - The Detroit Shock set a franchise record for fewest points allowed in a 55-40 victory over the postseason-bound Indiana Fever, who had a four-game winning streak snapped.

    Cheryl Ford scored 14 points and Ruth Riley added 12 for the Shock (16-17), who were coming off a loss to league-worst Charlotte that allowed Washington to pull into a tie for the fourth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.

    Detroit bounced back by shutting down Indiana (20-13), which is assured of finishing second in the East. The Shock trailed, 23-22, at halftime but took the lead for good at 36-35 on a free throw by Ford with 12:47 left.

    That started a 14-2 Detroit run that opened up a 49-37 advantage. The spurt was capped by a Swin Cash basket with 5:15 to play.

    The Shock held a 32-15 rebounding edge as they broke the club record for fewest points allowed of 41 set Aug. 11, 1998 vs. Sacramento. For Indiana, outscored 33-17 in the second half, it was the Fever's lowest scoring output of the season. Detroit pulled down 14 offensive rebounds while Indiana collected just 12 defensively.

    Tamika Catchings scored 13 points for the Fever, whose previous season low was 45 in a loss at Minnesota on July 19.

  • Tamika Catchings' two assists raised her season assist total to 141 - the highest figure ever by a WNBA forward.
  • Within four steals of her franchise mark of 94 steals, and within 10 of the WNBA record of 100, Catchings was held without a steal for just the second time all season. It broke a string of 29 consecutive games with at least one steal by the WNBA thefts leader.
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