Detroit 79, Connecticut 55
Shock Rout Sun to Advance to Finals Against Monarchs
UNCASVILLE, Conn., Aug. 27 (Ticker) -- The Detroit Shock anchored their offense to the higher-percentage shot and it got them to the WNBA Finals.
Swin Cash scored and Katie Smith scored 16 points apiece as the Shock cruised to a surprising 79-55 victory over the Connecticut Sun in the decisive third game of the Eastern Conference Finals.
The second-seeded Shock imposed their will by limiting the first-place Sun to an abundance of missed outside shots while dominating the category of points in the paint. Detroit forced Connecticut into just 31 percent (21-of-68) shooting, including 6-of-25 from the arc. The visitors held a 42-16 cushion in paint points and shot a respectable 45 percent (32-of-71) overall.
This contest was decided in the third quarter.
The Shock led, 46-37, at the half and increased that margin with a 14-6 burst to start the third for a 60-43 cushion with 2:41 left in the frame. Detroit entered the final period in front, 63-45, and maintained a double-digit lead in the closing quarter.
Taj McWilliams-Franklin scored 12 points and Lindsay Whalen added 10, but committed seven turnovers for Connecticut, which was denied a third straight trip to the Finals.
Nykesha Sales, the second leading scorer during the regular season for the Sun, was held scoreless in 23 minutes on 0-of-5 shooting.