Detroit 78, Minnesota 69
Balanced Attack Leads Shock Past Lynx
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., May 24 (Ticker) -- Katie Smith finished off her former club.
Smith scored 11 points and capped a clinching run with a 3-pointer as the Detroit Shock pulled away late for their first victory of the season, a 78-69 triumph over the Minnesota Lynx.
Cheryl Ford scored 17 points to lead five players in double figures and grabbed 14 rebounds for Detroit, which lost to Indiana in their season opener but bounced back against Minnesota, shooting 48 percent (30-of-62) from the field.
A former WNBA scoring champion and an Olympian, Smith was acquired from Minnesota last season. She made just 4-of-12 shots, but one was the clincher.
The Lynx used a 12-6 run and pulled within 68-64 with 4:41 remaining on a 3-pointer by top overall pick Seimone Augustus, who scored 15 points.
The Shock responded with a 7-0 spurt as Ruth Riley made a pair of hoops before Smith drained a 3-pointer for a 75-64 advantage with 3:08 to go. The Lynx got no closer than the final margin.
Riley and Swin Cash scored 14 points apiece and Deanna Nolan added 13, seven rebounds and six assists for Detroit, which took the lead for good in the third quarter.
Kristen Mann and Adrian Williams scored 12 points each for Minnesota (0-2), which shot 40 percent (26-of-65) and was outrebounded, 35-27.