August 30 - Game 1 of the 2006 WNBA Finals takes place in Detroit Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2). sifted through the regular season and playoff statistics and identified the key figures surrounding the title series between the Detroit Shock and Sacramento Monarchs.

Detroit's swarming defense will look to dethrone the Monarchs.
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.388 Teams shot a league-low .388 from the field against Detroit during the regular season.

1 Sacramento and Detroit have combined to lose just once during the postseason, with the Shock falling on the road in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals versus Connecticut.

1-1 The two teams slit the regular season series, 1-1, with Detroit winning at home July 26, 91-71, and the Monarchs getting their revenge, 94-61, in Sacramento four nights later.

2 and 3 The Shock and Monarchs had the second and third best ranked defenses in the league during the regular season based on points allowed.

3 Three players on the Shock averaged three or more assists per game during the regular season. Katie Smith has assumed the role of offensive vacillator in the postseason, averaging 4.6 dimes. Not bad for the leading all-time scorer in U.S. women's professional basketball history.

5 When it comes to star power , Detroit has as much as any team in the WNBA. Five players in the last two years have been voted to the All-Star Game.

5.4 Monarchs guard Kara Lawson is averaging that many more points in the postseason than the regular season. The Tennessee product is posting 13.5 points per game during Sacramento's attempt to defend its crown.

9.7 vs. 6.3 Sacramento's while line defense and 11 player rotation produced 9.7 steals per game during the regular season, well ahead of Detroit's 6.3 swipes per game. The Monarch's offense is its defense forcing turnovers and collecting high-percentage looks in transition.

10.8 Detroit reserve pivot Plenette Pierson has stepped up her game in the playoffs, averaging 10.8 points and 6.2 rebounds in 20.0 minutes per game. Pierson posted 6.5 points, 3.9 rebounds in 16.6 minutes during the regular season. Meanwhile, Sacramento's Erin Buescher posted 9.7 points (second on the team) and 3.9 rebounds in 19.7 minutes per game during the regular season but is recording only 3.2 points and 2.2 rebounds in 12.2 minutes during the playoffs.

11 Eleven Monarchs averaged double figures in minutes during the regular season.

13.9 Detroit limited teams to a league-low 13.9 assists per game during the regular season.

17.6 Sacramento forced a league-high 17.6 turnovers per game during the regular season.

23 Shock power forward Cheryl Ford grabbed a playoff record 23 rebounds in Detroit's Game 1 win against the Sun in the East Finals. She led the league in rebounds at 11.3 per game during the regular season.

33 No. 33 on Sacramento, Yolando Griffith, earned 2005 Finals MVP and the Monarch's success starts and stops with her. She is the only Monarch to average double figures in points or play over 25 minutes per game during the regular season. Conversely Detroit features five players that averaged over 25 minutes and four who averaged double-figures in scoring.

92 The Monarchs made quick work of their first round opponent the Houston Comets, scoring an average of 92 points per game in the series sweep.