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Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at Charlotte Coliseum
Detroit Shock 49, Charlotte Sting 56

Recap | Box Score
August 23, 2005
Charlotte Coliseum
Shock 49, Sting 56
Points:(DET) D. Nolan, 14
(CHA) Two tied, 12
Rebounds:(DET) C. Ford, 16
(CHA) Sutton-Brown, 7
Assists:(DET) D. Nolan, 4
(CHA) H. Darling, 5
Blocks:(DET) D. Nolan, 2
(CHA) T. Miller, 3
Steals:(DET) C. Ford, 3
(CHA) K. Mazzante, 2
Turnovers:(DET) D. Nolan, 6
(CHA) Sutton-Brown, 4
(DET) 2
(CHA) 10
Points In
The Paint:
(DET) 18
(CHA) 26
Teana Miller
  • Points: 12
  • Rebounds: 3
  • Blocks: 3
  • Minutes: 19
  • Shock Head Coach Bill Laimbeer

    On tonight’s game:
    ”It was the same M.O. We chose not to come out and play ball, which is very disturbing. Mentally, we were never in the game.”

    On the team’s playoff chances:
    “I have no idea. It was apparent that as soon as we got off the bus, we weren’t going to play hard. This is one of the worst games we’ve ever played.”

    Shock Guard Katie Smith

    On tonight’s game:
    ”We had some good looks and we couldn’t knock our shots down. You really have to hand it to Charlotte. They came out to play and they simply outplayed us.”

    On the team’s playoff chances:
    “We are still confident. We’re going back home, which is always a good thing, because we play better at home then on the road. We can make the playoffs if we want too. It just depends how bad we want it.”

    Sting Head Coach Muggsy Bogues

    “I think the big difference tonight was that we were able to keep the top offensive rebounding team in the league to nine offensive rebounds. We did have 17 turnovers, but they didn’t score as many as they normally can off our turnovers. I think everybody really contributed tonight. We had one of our top players go down, Tangela Smith, but Teana (Miller), Ayana Walker, (Adrienne) Goodson and Janel (McCarville) played a heck of a game tonight. I think that was a major difference of why we came out with a win tonight.”

    On players stepping up in Tangela Smith’s absence: “I told Janel if Tangela couldn’t go she needed to step up along with the other players coming off the bench. When one of your best players goes down normally someone steps up. I’m glad they were able to step up. They got the minutes. Everyone was pretty much on the same page for 40 minutes. No one really missed assignments. They did everything I asked them to do and kept Detroit out of the middle. They only scored four points in the entire second half in the paint. Cheryl Ford didn’t hurt us at all tonight. You just have to tip your hat off to the ladies.”

    On the team playing with poise:
    “Something we were stressing was trying to be under control and keeping our composure and don’t let them force us to play a game we are unaccustomed to playing. Tonight we had total control. Helen (Darling) did an excellent job running the ball club as well as Caity Matter when she came in to spell Helen. That’s what it takes.”

    On Teana Miller: “Teana’s a beast down there. She has some nice post up moves. She can shoot with her left hand as well as her right hand. We’re trying to get her as as many touches as we can when she’s in the ball game. Tonight she knew she was going to be out there for an extended period of time, even though her shoulder went out during the warm-ups. That was a little scary. It felt like my whole squad was going down, but she was a warrior tonight.”

    On the team’s effort:
    “We’re still playing for next year. I’m still evaluating. We’re not going to quit until the last game’s over. They understand that. They are giving 110% every time they step out on the basketball court. I appreciate that. Considering their record they could have really took off and just called it quits. They are playing hard, everyone who comes in is trying to give 110% effort and that’s what we have to try to continue to do.”

    Sting Forward Sheri Sam

    On her consistent performances:
    “Lately it has just been playing, Muggsy has allowed me to be out there and be myself and make decisions. I’m just playing basketball and trying to give my teammates the ball. I’m more comfortable because I know what’s expected of me out there and I’m just playing.”

    On the keys to the game:
    “We played good defense and we forced them to take jump shots, they didn’t do that much in the paint in the second half. Cheryl Ford is usually their spark down low getting some ‘and ones’. They shot 29% in the field and that’s a great job defensively.”

    Sting Guard Helen Darling

    On the importance of tonight’s win:
    “I think it was just a big win for our confidence. We’ve been working hard all season and we just couldn’t pull out a win. For sentimental reasons, it was just a great win for us.”

    On the keys to the game:
    “They had nine offensive rebounds which is not a lot for them. We limited the second chance points and made sure we took care of the ball.”

    On why Detroit fell short:
    “We just had great defense, I think we match up well with them. We did a great job offensively attacking them and trying to limit their starter Cheryl Ford.”