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Tuesday, August 9, 2005 at The Palace of Auburn Hills
Detroit Shock 71, Charlotte Sting 64

Recap | Box Score
August 9, 2005
The Palace of Auburn Hills
Shock 71, Sting 64
Points:(DET) K. Smith, 21
(CHA) T. Smith, 25
Rebounds:(DET) C. Ford, 9
(CHA) S. Sam, 7
Assists:(DET) Two tied, 2
(CHA) S. Sam, 3
Blocks:(DET) R. Riley, 2
(CHA) T. Sutton-Brown, 3
Steals:(DET) E. Powell, 3
(CHA) Two tied, 3
Turnovers:(DET) D. Nolan, 5
(CHA) Two tied, 6
(DET) 22
(CHA) 0
Points In
The Paint:
(DET) 20
(CHA) 18
Katie Smith
  • Points: 21
  • FTM-A: 7-8
  • 3GM-A: 4-4
  • Minutes: 29
  • Shock Head Coach Bill Laimbeer

    On starting Katie Smith:
    “She’s a good player, a career-19-points-a-game-scorer. She adds a good dimension and it helps our starting line up become more efficient. I think this is how we’re going to play it, this is the vision that I had, for the future, but the future is right now. She competes every minute of every game, she plays hard, she plays smart. She can hit shots. It takes the pressure off our post players and spreads the court a little more with her and Nolan out there.”

    On Charlotte making a comeback late in the game:
    “They made a comeback. Was it threatened? No, I didn’t think the game was threatened, but people need to take more advantage of their time. I’ve been around basketball a long time, one out of three times when you get a lead that big, a team makes a run and makes it kind of interesting.”

    On turnovers:
    “That’s our M.O. It sticks with us. We’ll never be able to solve it, hopefully we’ll be able to limit it.”

    Shock Guard Deanna Nolan

    On starting with Katie Smith:
    “It’s a little different, not only for her but for me, too, playing the point guard position. It’s a different situation. You have to know defenses, where to pass to, what position to be in to pass, what plays to run. It was different tonight but I was up to the challenge.”

    On feeling a sense of desperation:
    “Yes, just because of the schedule we have, going on the west coast. We need to win this game and make a playoff run.”

    Shock Guard Katie Smith

    On starting:
    “I feel comfortable coming off the bench and starting. I like the team, I like what Bill does and my teammates. It hasn’t been a rough transition at all. I’m just trying to get my feet under me after traveling around for the last week.”

    On winning games late in the season:
    “We need to take care of business now, we’re coming down to the home stretch. Every game is crucial for us. We had a lot of chances to win that game and basically we wanted to come out and take it to them.”

    Sting Head Coach Muggsy Bogues

    On the game:
    “They didn’t come out with the right intensity for whatever reason. They didn’t take care of the basketball when we opened the game with five or six turnovers. We let Detroit beat us in offensive rebounds and that is their strength.”

    Goals for refocusing for next season:
    “We are trying to build for next year, we are trying to boast their morale, trying to get them to play my style of basketball and they have been picking it up quickly. This is more of an evaluation for next year. I am pleased with the ladies they really got back in the ball game we just weren’t able to execute for the win.”

    Sting Forward Tangela Smith

    On the game:
    “I felt that our intensity wasn’t there in the beginning and we waited too long to get back into it at the end of the game. I feel that we fought hard until the end but we just couldn’t get back into it.”