Posted: June 14, 2008
Shock 89, Mercury 79
C. Pondexter (28)
L. Willingham (10)
Three Players (6)
C. Pondexter (5)
D. Taurasi (4)
Katie Smith (18)
Deanna Nolan (14)
Cheryl Ford (8)
Deanna Nolan (8)
Katie Smith (3)
The Mercury dropped to 2-6 on the year, losing to the Shock for the third-straight time dating back to last season. With the loss, Phoenix’s all-time record against Detroit moved to 13-8 (8-4 at home).
The Mercury shot just 23-of-75 (.307) while Detroit was 32-of-84 (.381). Phoenix entered the game as the league’s sixth best shooting squad, at 45.8 percent.
Phoenix continued to struggle in the second quarter, scoring just 14 points compared to Detroit’s 23. In its six losses, the Mercury has only scored more than 20 points in the second period once and is averaging just 20.1 points per the quarter.
KEY STAT OF THE NIGHT
Detroit controlled the basket, outrebounding the Mercury 51 to 41. The advantage led to 25 second-chance points for the Shock, while Phoenix only managed 13 put-backs.
KEY RUN OF THE NIGHT
With a 13-point deficit entering the final period of play, the Mercury brought the game to within 5 points with 6:05 left, only to be outscored by the Shock 13 to 18 the rest of the way.
Mercury rookie LATOYA PRINGLE blocked 5 shots for the second-consecutive game in her Phoenix debut. Pringle, the WNBA’s leader in blocked shots per game (4.33), added a career-high 8 points on 3-of-5 (.600) shooting off the bench in her third-career game.
Phoenix guard CAPPIE PONDEXTER scored 28 points on 5-of-24 (.208) shooting. Pondexter recorded 24 of her points in the second half, a Mercury season-high for points in a half. With her effort, Pondexter (25.5 ppg) regained the title of the WNBA’s top scorer this season from teammate DIANA TAURASI (23.5 ppg).
Phoenix forward LE’COE WILLINGHAM scored a career-high 17 points on 7-of-11 (.636) shooting. Willingham registered 10 of her 17 points in the first half. The Auburn product added 10 rebounds, giving her a double-double for the second time in the past three games. In her career 103 games prior to June 6, Willingham had never had a double-double.
Detroit rookie center TASHA HUMPHREY scored a game-high and career-high 28 points on 10-of-15 (.667) shooting (prev. 8 at LA on June 11). Humphrey scored her ninth point at 8:14 in the second period on a three-pointer. The rookie from Georgia was 4-of-5 (.800) from behind the arc.
Detroit rookie guard ALEXIS HORNBUCKLE had a game-high and career-high 15 rebounds. The Tennessee product’s previous career-high was 7 rebounds, which she reached June 7 at Seattle.