With the 3-0 series win, Detroit became the fifth team to sweep the WNBA Finals since 1997. The most recent one was Los Angeles in 2002 when they defeated New York, 2-0. This series marks the first since the Finals switched to a five-game format.
Detroit is now the second WNBA team to win three championships. Houston (1997-2000) is the only other franchise to do so.
Katie Smith was named WNBA Finals MVP after averaging 21.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in three games. She was the Shock’s leading scorer in each game of the Finals and led the team in rebounds in Game 1 with nine.
Detroit is now 23-15 all-time in playoff games including 14-7 at home.
San Antonio fell to 8-13 all-time in the postseason and 2-7 in road playoff games.
Tonight’s attendance of 8,952 was the second consecutive sell-out in the series (Game 2) and the second consecutive sell-out of a Finals home game for Detroit (Game 5, 2007).
Eastern Conference teams are now 4-8 in WNBA Finals series. Detroit has three of the conference’s wins, while Houston won the inaugural WNBA Championship (1997) as a member of the Eastern Conference.
Detroit’s 16-point win is nearly the inverse of last year’s Finals-clinching game when the Shock fell to the Phoenix Mercury on their home court by 16 points, 108-92. The only previous greater margin of victory in a Finals clinching game came in 2001 when Los Angeles defeated Charlotte, 82-54.
San Antonio took the first lead of the game 32 seconds into the game on Ruth Riley’s jump shot and rescinded the lead on the first of nine total lead
Detroit took the final lead of the game with 2:16 remaining in the third quarter on Deanna Nolan’s three-pointer.
At the half, San Antonio led 34-30, marking the first game in which Detroit trailed after 20 minutes since Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. However, Detroit outscored San Antonio 46-26 in the second half and held an 18 point lead, the largest lead in the series.
Katie Smith exited 1:41 into the second quarter and did not return until the third quarter. It marked the first minutes in which she was on the bench during the entire Finals series.
Katie Smith paced the Shock with 18 points, 11 of which came in the fourth quarter.
Ann Wauters led the Silver Stars with a game-high 19 points and nine rebounds, which tied Kara Braxton for the game high.
Sheri Sam and Kelly Schumacher become the second and third players to win WNBA Championships with two different teams. Olympia Scott was the first to do so in 2007.
Schumacher becomes the second player in league history to win back-to-back championships with two different teams. She beat Detroit in the 2007 WNBA Finals while with the Phoenix Mercury.
Each player on both teams’ active rosters played in tonight’s game. Sandora Irvin and Brittany Wilkins were the only players not to enter a Finals game.
Kara Braxton missed all six shots she took in the first quarter (0-6). She successfully converted her first field goal with 1:16 remaining in the first half and finished the first two quarters 2-10
Becky Hammon, San Antonio’s leading scorer in both the regular season and postseason, was limited to five points on 1-10 shooting.
The Shock tied the record for most offensive rebounds in a Finals game with 20 (Seattle at Connecticut, Oct. 8, 2004).
Detroit outscored San Antonio 27-8 on second-chance points.
Katie Smith of the Detroit Shock was voted by the fans as the player of the game for Game 3 of the WNBA Finals as part of the Player of the Game Vote presented by NBA Live 09. Fans were able to vote to exclusively determine the player of each game of the 2008 WNBA Finals. During the second half of each game, fans voted by texting the last name of their choice. Voting continues through the end of each game and the winners were announced at the conclusion of the game broadcast on ESPN and on WNBA.com.
She finished the game with 18 points, six rebounds and one assist.
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.
Deanna Nolan won the EA Sports NBA Live 09 Player of the Game in Games 1 and 2.