UNCASVILLE, Conn., Sept. 5 (Ticker) -- The Detroit Shock dominated the Connecticut Sun during the regular season. The playoffs appear to be no different.

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The Shock took control of the Eastern Conference finals with a 73-63 victory over the Sun as Ruth Riley collected 17 points and eight rebounds.

The best-of-three series shifts to Detroit for Game Two on Sunday and - if necessary - Game Three on Monday. With one win, the Shock will advance to the WNBA Finals for the first time.

During the season, the Shock swept all four games from the Sun, winning by an average of 14 points and at least nine each game.

Riley made 7-of-13 shots. Swin Cash, who attended the University of Connecticut, scored 15 points for the Shock.

Detroit never trailed after Deanna Nolan made a 3-pointer with 13:58 left in the first half to tie the game at 10-10. Nolan contributed 13 points.

Detroit opened a comfortable 34-19 lead with 4:30 remaining before taking a 44-31 advantage at the break. Nolan's jump shot with 12:11 to go gave Detroit its largest lead at 58-41.

Detroit's Kedra Holland-Corn netted 12 points off the bench on 4-of-4 shooting from the arc.

Nykesha Sales made all 10 free throws and led the Sun with 22 points. Wendy Palmer scored 13 points off the bench and Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 12.

Connecticut shot just 38 percent (22-of-57) from the field.