Dream-Shock Preview

Playing on the road has been a problem for the Detroit Shock all season, but they're hoping a return home can help them rebound from their latest defeat.

The Shock - the only team with a perfect home record - look to secure their seventh win at the Palace of Auburn Hills while handing the expansion Atlanta Dream a WNBA-record 15th consecutive loss on Sunday.

Detroit (11-5) boasts the second-best overall record in the league thanks to a 6-0 home record. But the Shock fell to 5-5 as a visitor after a second consecutive road loss Saturday, 76-59 at Chicago.

Reserves Shay Murphy and Alexis Hornbuckle led the Shock with 13 and 11 points, respectively. None of the club's five starters reached double figures, and stars Katie Smith, Cheryl Ford and Deanna Nolan combined for just 13 points.

Detroit shot 35.1 percent (20-for-57) and was outrebounded 36-28 after entering the game second among all teams with 37.9 boards per game.

"Our effort was obnoxious," Shock coach Bill Laimbeer said. "It was embarrassing. It won't happen again."

The defeat, which was the team's second in six games, dropped Detroit one game behind Connecticut for the Eastern Conference lead.

The Shock lost to a team with a .500 record or worse for the first time in eight games, and they're hoping to avoid adding to the loss column against winless Atlanta (0-14).

Detroit is 2-0 against the Dream, coming away with a 97-76 win in Atlanta on June 22 in the most recent meeting.

In that contest, Ford had 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Smith contributed 16 points for the Shock.

Meanwhile, Atlanta's Ivory Latta notched her first double-double, finishing with career highs in points (26) and assists (10) against her former team. She was a member of the Shock last season before being acquired by the Dream in the expansion draft.

On Friday, Latta contributed 15 points, and Betty Lennox scored a career-high 44, but the Dream fell 109-101 in overtime at Connecticut.

The defeat gave Atlanta the dubious mark of having the most losses to begin a season, exceeding the Shock's 0-13 start in 2002 and Chicago's 13-game losing streak in 2006 during its inaugural year.

However, it was a breakout game for Lennox, who also grabbed nine rebounds and had seven assists.

"The last few games I've been slacking," said Lennox, who is averaging a team-high 19.7 points. "Teams have been throwing double- and triple-teams at me. But tonight, I took it upon myself to be more aggressive."

Lennox had five points versus the Shock last Sunday, but scored 21 in an 88-76 loss on May 23.

Detroit's Plenette Pierson, who has eight points in each contest versus Atlanta, missed Saturday's game with a strained knee. Her status for Sunday is unclear.

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