Detroit 103, Connecticut 89
Shock Show Offensive Skills in Win
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., June 5 (Ticker) -- As the last team in the WNBA to play their second game, the Detroit Shock apparently worked on their offense.
Cash connected on 6-of-13 shots as the Shock shot over 51 percent (33-of-64) from the floor and eclipsed 100 points for the first time since June 18, 2000 when they established league records for points and margin of victory in a 111-74 thrashing of the Indiana Fever.
Ruth Riley made 5-of-6 shots and all four of her free throws for 14 points for Detroit, which opened the season Saturday with a 70-67 loss to the Charlotte Sting.
Shannon Johnson scored just two of her 24 points after halftime for Connecticut, which completed a 1-2 road trip after opening the season with a home loss to two-time defending champion Los Angeles on May 24.
Nykesha Sales added 20 points and Adrienne Johnson 14 for the Sun, who set a franchise record for points allowed. Connecticut center Rebecca Lobo scored just four points and grabbed three rebounds while picking up four fouls in 15 minutes.
Connecticut's starting frontcourt of Sales, Lobo and Taj McWilliams-Franklin combined to shoot just 38 percent (13-of-34) and each picked up four fouls.
Cash scored 13 points in the first half, when the Shock built a 51-45 lead they never relinquished. Cheryl Ford had 12 rebounds for Detroit, which held a 45-24 advantage on the boards.
The crowd of 12,414 was the sixth-largest in Shock history. The game started at 11 a.m. EDT due to Youth Field Trip day at The Palace of Auburn Hills.