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This Weekend In The WNBA Playoffs
With the two top seeds in each conference with their backs against the wall, WNBA Conference Finals action continues with a pair of Game Two's on Saturday, and, if necessary, decisive elimination games on Sunday night.
On Saturday starting at 4 p.m. ET, the Detroit Shock will visit the Connecticut in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Shock surprised many as they rolled over Connecticut, 70-59, at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Thursday night. Detroit was too strong for the Sun as Coach Laimbeer's team dominated the boards and held the Sun to only 30.1 percent from the field. League-leading rebounder Cheryl Ford set a postseason record by grabbing 23 rebounds while adding 11 points. Deanna Nolan scored a game-high 21 points and dished out seven assists. It was the fourth win in as many tries over the Sun this season.
The Sun, who played without injured guard Katie Douglas, got off to an early 23-9 lead, but could not hold off Ford and the Shock for too long. Rookie Erin Phillips, who replaced Douglas in the starting lineup, scored a team-high 13 points and dished out three assists. Phillips' backcourt partner, Lindsay Whalen, also recorded 13 points to go along with six rebounds.
Also on Saturday, ESPN 2 will then focus its coverage out west as the Los Angeles Sparks host the Sacramento Monarchs in Game Two of the Western Conference Finals at 9 p.m ET.
The Monarchs won the previous meeting as the defending champions rallied from a nine-point third quarter deficit to beat the Sparks, 64-61, and take a one-game lead in the Best-of-three series.
The Sparks led by six points with seven minutes to play in the fourth quarter, but Nicole Powell's 17 second half points erased that defecit and Yolanda Griffith's go-ahead basket with 10.3 seconds gave the Monarchs the lead as Sacramento completed an incredible comeback to steal the game. Griffith finished with a team-high 18 points.
The Sparks were led by Mwadi Mabika's 23 points, including shooting 6-for-9 from beyond the 3-point arc. Temeka Johnson added 14 points and five assists. Leading scorer Lisa Leslie was limited to seven points.
If the two home teams should win on Saturday, it will set up a crucial Game Three in each series to be played on Sunday. Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on ESPN 2 at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Game Three of the Western Conference Finals is schedule for a 10 p.m. ET tipoff on NBA TV. However, should the Western Conference Finals go three games, but not the East Finals, the Sparks-Monarchs game will be moved to the 8 p.m. ET slot on ESPN 2.