Lynx Complete Preseason 3-0

Minnesota 58, Detroit 56
May 15, 2004
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Ohlde scored 12 points in each of the Lynx' three preseason contests.
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Katie Smith scored 13 points and rookie Nicole Ohlde added 12 including the tie-breaking jumper with 14 seconds remaining as the Minnesota Lynx completed an undefeated preseason by edging Detroit, 58-56, on Saturday night in Pittsburgh.

Minnesota (3-0) jumped out to a 12-5 lead behind eight quick points from Smith, before the Shock rallied in front 21-17 late in the first half. The Lynx regained a 29-25 advantage by intermission, then reeled off 15 unanswered points to extend their lead to 44-27 with 14:45 left in the game.

Merlakia Jones and Swin Cash keyed Detroit's comeback, combining for 16 points during a 22-6 surge that cut Minnesota's lead to a single point with four minutes to play. Deanna Nolan put the Shock ahead 53-52, but Ohlde responded with a three-point play at the 1:27 mark.

Cash tied it for Detroit (1-2) on a layup with 33 seconds left, setting the stage for Ohlde's game-winner as Minnesota beat the defending WNBA champion Shock for the second time in five days. Cash finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds for Detroit, while Jones tallied 13 points.

The game, which drew 6,224 to the University of Pittsburgh's Petersen Events Center, marked a homecoming for both Cash, who starred at McKeesport High School, and Lynx coach Suzie McConnell Serio, who guided Oakland Catholic to three state championships during her 13-year career as head coach.

Minnesota opens the 2004 regular season with a three-game road trip, starting Thursday night in Seattle. The Shock begin defense of their WNBA title next Saturday in San Antonio.