With the win, Detroit takes a 2-0 series lead, which is a first in the best-of-five format. The Finals moved from a best-of-three to a best-of-five format in 2005. The last time a team went up 2-0 in the Finals was in 2002 when Los Angeles swept New York 2-0 in a best-of-three series. Los Angeles also swept the 2001 best-of-three series over Charlotte. The previous year marked the only other time a team took a 2-0 series lead in the Finals when Houston swept New York 2-0.
Deanna Nolan of the Detroit Shock was voted by the fans as the player of the game for Game 2 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 vote 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.
She finished the game with 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals.
For the first time, fans have the option to suit up from among 25 different WNBA players in this year's edition of EA Sports NBA Live 09.
Nolan also won the first EA Sports NBA Live 09 Player of the Game in Game 1.
Tonightís crowd of 16,012 was the largest crowd in Silver Stars history. The previous record was set in the teamís first game in San Antonio on May 24, 2003 when they defeated Seattle, 65-56.
Detroit is now 22-15 in playoff games including 9-8 in road playoff games.
San Antonio is 8-12 all-time in the postseason and 6-6 in home playoff games.
Becky Hammon finished with a game-high 24 points while Deanna Nolan pulled in a game-high seven rebounds. Hammon also led all players with seven assists.
Katie Smith led the Shock with 22 points and six assists. Over the first two games of the Finals, Smith has combined for 47 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists.
Four of San Antonioís five starters finished with 10 or more points. Silver Stars starting forward Erin Buescher was the only starter to finish with fewer than 10 points. Buescher played 28:23 and did not make a field goal. She was 0-3 from the floor and finished with one point after going 1-2 from the free-throw line.
Detroit is now 9-1 in games played on Friday in 2008.
Detroit opened the game on a 19-2 run over the first 5:46 of the game.
San Antonio went scoreless for the first 3:25 of the game. The Silver Stars got on the board with a Vickie Johnson free throw with 6:35 remaining in the first quarter
The Silver Stars scored their first field goal with 4:03 remaining in the first quarter on a Becky Hammon jumper.
Katie Smith played all 40 minutes of the game and has now played every minute of the Finals as she and Deanna Nolan played all 40 minutes in Game 1.
San Antonio closed the lead to one on a 12-0 run to open the second quarter.
The Silver Stars tied the game for the only time in the contest with 3:26 remaining in the third quarter on a Becky Hammonís successful conversion of a one-and-one.
Detroit regained the lead for good with 36.8 seconds remaining in the third quarter. The Shock pulled away on a 12-2 run beginning with Plenette Piersonís only two points of the game.
Detroitís bench outscored San Antonio reserves 12-2. Only Ruth Riley scored off the bench for the Silver Stars while Alexis Hornbuckle led Detroit with eight points off the bench.
Detroit outscored San Antonio 26-8 in points in the paint.
Detroitís bench played a combined 57 minutes and 51 seconds among five players while San Antonio had three players come off the bench for 28 minutes and 28 seconds.
With 24 points, Becky Hammon became the seventh player seventh in WNBA history to score 500 points in their playoff careers. Taj McWilliams-Franklin needs 15 points to become the eighth player to accomplish the feat.
Taj McWilliams-Franklin became the fourth player in WNBA history with 200 defensive rebounds in her playoff career. She now has 201.