Shock Cruise to Victory Over Mystics

Detroit 94, Washington 79

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., May 30 (AP) -- Swin Cash scored 20 points to help the Detroit Shock improve to 3-0 with a 94-79 victory over the Washington Mystics on Wednesday night.

Katie Smith added 15 points, and Plenette Pierson had 14 for the defending WNBA champion Shock, who had 24 assists and 24 turnovers.

"A lot of those turnovers were aggressive, which isn't as bad,'' said Cash, who also had five assists and five turnovers. "The assists show you what this team can do when we get rolling. We have so many scorers that no one can zone in on one player.''

Delisha Milton-Jones led the Mystics (0-4) with 18 points, and Alana Beard had 16. Monique Currie, acquired this week from Chicago, had five points in her first game with Washington. The Mystics had 22 turnovers.

"We killed ourselves,'' Milton-Jones said. "When you turn the ball over, that's a missed opportunity to get a shot at a basket. That's a lot of potential points that we gave away.''

Both teams turned the ball over 11 times in the first half, but the Shock had 17 assists to just five for Washington. Shannon Johnson's jumper early in the second quarter was Detroit's only unassisted basket of the half.

Detroit led 45-36 at the half, and by as many as 16 in the third quarter. The Shock turned the ball over three times in 44 seconds, and coach Bill Laimbeer and Cheryl Ford were both called for technicals as Washington pulled to 59-57.

Nolan and Smith ended Washington's run with 3-pointers that put Detroit up 66-59 at the end of the third quarter.

Part of Detroit's up-and-down play stemmed from the eight-day layoff between its second and third games.

"It's hard to go that long, because you can't simulate game conditions in practice, especially when you've only got 11 bodies,'' Smith said. "But we know where we're trying to go.''