WNBA Finals Game 1 Post-Game Notes
Deanna Nolan of the Detroit Shock was voted by the fans as the player of the game for Game 1 of The WNBA Finals as part of the Player of the Game Vote presented by NBA Live 09. Fans are able to vote to exclusively determine the player of each game of the 2008 WNBA Finals. During the second half of each game, fans could by texting the last name of their choice. Voting continues through the end of each game and the winners are announced at the conclusion of the game broadcast on ESPN and on WNBA.com.
For the first time, fans have the option to suit up from among 25 different WNBA players in this year's edition of EA Sport' NBA Live 09.
Detroit is now 2-2 all-time in WNBA Finals opening games and 2-1 in series-opening games in the 2008 Playoffs. In franchise history, the Shock is now 21-15 in playoff games including 8-8 in road playoff games.
San Antonio is now 1-2 in series openers in the 2008 Playoffs. San Antonio is 8-11 all-time in the postseason and 6-5 in home playoff games.
The loss marks San Antonio’s first loss to an Eastern Conference team, in both regular and postseason, since Aug. 17, 2007 when it fell to Indiana, 59-55, at home.
Katie Smith’s 25 points marks a career playoff high. She previously scored 23 on Aug. 28, 2003 against Los Angeles.
Smith and Nolan were the only players to play all 40 minutes of the game. Nolan moved into fourth place in all-time minutes played for playoff games (1,264), passing Tina Thompson (1,235)
Detroit held the game’s largest lead at 14 points off a Katie Smith jump shot with 8:19 remaining in the fourth quarter and then again on a Deanna Nolan jumper shortly after with 7:45 remaining in regulation
The Shock led by 10 points at the half, which marked the largest lead by either team in the half.
Detroit closed out the game on an 8-0 run, holding San Antonio scoreless for the final 2:16.
Spurred by a Becky Hammon jump shot with 8:11 remaining in the fourth, San Antonio went on an 18-4 run over nearly six minutes to tie the game at 69 with 2:16 remaining.
San Antonio outscored Detroit in both the first and fourth quarters while tying the Shock in the third. In the second quarter, Detroit outscored San Antonio 27-14.
San Antonio took the lead in the first quarter at 7:06 on a Becky Hammon jumper and was out in front of the Shock until Katie Smith hit two free throws nearly ten minutes later at 7:41 in the second quarter. The Shock continued to lead until 2:16 remaining in the fourth quarter when Becky Hammon hit two free throws. Detroit then scored two points on a Kara Braxton layup to regain the lead for good.
San Antonio trailed from 7:41 in the second quarter until 2:16 in the fourth quarter when Becky Hammon hit both ends of a one-and-one from the free-throw line.
Katie Smith led all scorers at the half with 12 points, nine of which came in the second quarter.
Becky Hammon, the Silver Stars’ leading scorer in both the regular season and postseason, went without a shot in the second quarter in 7:41 of game action. She took one shot in the third quarter but did not score. She went 19:30 without scoring, finally ending her scoreless streak with 8:11 left in the fourth quarter. In the final, 8:11 of the game, she scored nine points to bring her game total to 13.
San Antonio was 14-14 from the free throw line in the game. It marks the second-highest total of free throws made, none missed, in WNBA Playoffs history (Phoenix, 16-16, Aug. 22, 1998) and the most made, none missed, in WNBA Finals history.
Detroit’s 15 points in the first quarter is the second-fewest for a team in the first quarter in WNBA Finals history.
Detroit and Phoenix combined for the second-fewest points in the first quarter (33) in WNBA Finals history.
With one blocked shot, Ruth Riley tied Margo Dydek for most career blocked shots ever in a playoff game with 59.
With 10 points, Vickie Johnson tied Tamika Whitmore in sixth place among WNBA career playoff scoring leaders (467).