Nolan Leads Detroit’s Charge over Dream

Shock 88, Dream 76 (F)
Deanna Nolan had 33 points before leaving the court with her left arm in a sling, and the Shock beat the expansion Dream 88-76 on Friday night.

Detroit 88, Atlanta 76

ATLANTA, May 23 (AP) -- Deanna Nolan had 33 points and eight assists before leaving the court with her left arm in a sling, and the Detroit Shock beat the expansion Atlanta Dream 88-76 on Friday night.

Nolan, a starting guard for Detroit's 2003 and '06 WNBA championship teams, was 13-for-23 from the field and scored 24 second-half points to key a Shock comeback. A collision late in the fourth quarter sent the former Georgia standout to the bench holding her arm.

Rookie Alexis Hornbuckle hit for 12 points while Cheryl Ford had seven points and 13 rebounds for the Shock, who have won three of four to start the season.

Looking like the Dream's only scoring option in the first half but coming up with just four afterward, Betty Lennox tallied 21 points to lead Atlanta, which dropped to 0-2 after losing its first game at Philips Arena.

The Dream went 0-for-14 from beyond the 3-point arc before hitting two treys late in the fourth quarter. They shot just 21 percent from the field in the second half.

Atlanta had a pair of 18-point leads in the second quarter, the last coming when Ericka DeSouza's layup made it 43-25. The Dream edged the Shock on the boards, grabbing 42 to Detroit's 37, but the WNBA's new expansion team totaled just seven assists for the game compared to the Shock's 18.

Nolan opened the fourth quarter with a short jumper that made it 65-63, giving the Shock their first lead since the opening period.

Dream guard Ivory Latta, an expansion pick who spent last season with Detroit, went 1-for-11 from the field.

Nolan finished three points shy of her career high, set last July 24 at Connecticut. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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