Saturday, August 26, 2006 at the Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT
Detroit Shock 68, Connecticut Sun 77
Shock 68, Sun 77
|August 26, 2006|
Mohegan Sun Arena
|Points:||(DET) D. Nolan, 27|
(CON) T. McWilliams-Franklin, 18
|Rebounds:||(DET) C. Ford, 8|
(CON) A. Jones, 8
|Assists:||(DET) K. Smith, 7|
(CON) N. Sales, 4
|Blocks:||(DET) R. Riley, 1|
(CON) M. Dydek, 2
|Player of the Game|
Shock Head Coach Bill Laimbeer
"No doubt it's disappointing that we didn't close the series out. It's something we wanted to do and talked about. We talked about it's the hardest game we're going to play, and we didn't get the job done. So we have to ask ourselves why. I don't think we played nearly as hard as we had to. Our focus wasn't there. We made some mistakes. We made some coaching blunders over the course of the game. The bottom line was our team as a whole did not play hard enough and as well as we have to win a close out game on the road. We got a little frustrated, especially in the second quarter when they marched to the free throw line, which was the only way they could score to stay in the game. That was frustrating for the players, for the coaching staff - to see the game being taken out of our hands. But we weathered it, and we just didn't get the job done in the second half."
On Nolan's performance:
"She's a great basketball player. Nobody can stop her. And when she gets hot, she's spectacular. I don't expect her to shoot 11-of-12 again to start the game, but she's still going to score a lot of points. She's tough to guard, she rises above everybody else. She's fun to watch, and everytime she went up for a shot, the crowd started to groan before she even shot the ball. You know you're doing something right."
Shock Guard Deanna Nolan
" I thought the first half we fought really hard to stay in the game, considering there were a lot of calls that were a little questionable like my (technical foul) for getting rosin. That's a little crazy. I've been doing it all year and now all of a sudden it's a tech. Especially in a crucial point in the first half when you're up and all of a sudden that can turn the game around and get them back into the game. But I thought we fought hard. Even in the second half when they made their run, I thought we should have went to our zone a little earlier to slow them down because they had problems with it at the end of the game. But that's how it goes.
On whether she single-handedly kept her team in the game:
I thought I was helping out. When you have the hot hand, of course you're going to keep shooting and hoping they fall. And they were. I guess you can say I was keeping us in the game in the first half, but at the same time in the second half you're concious of the fact that you're still making shots and you're still down 10 points. So at the same time, you still need a boost from the bench or whoever.
Sun Head Coach Mike Thibault
It was do or die. I thought we played a pretty terrific game for the most part, especially on the defensive end. I know Nolan had a good game, but I thought we did a good job on a lot of their other people. Now it's even. We'll go play tomorrow night and find out who can move on."
On the establishing Katie Douglas status for the game:
"We decided (she would play) about 45 minutes before game time. She came in and worked out this morning for a while, went to the doctor, received treatment and went back into her normal shooting routine. She told me at the end she felt good enought to try it. I was more worried about her speed than anything, and I thought it was pretty good."
On momentum heading into tomorrow's game:
"Momentum is such a tenuous thing in a three-game series. I don't know that I necessarily believe in it, because they were supposed to have it tonight. I'm glad it was on our court. I hope we pack the place tomorrow night and it's loud like it was tonight. It was a great crowd tonight helping us, and we needed all that. Hopefully, we'll have the same atmosphere tomorrow night. I think our players know they have a great opportunity in front of them."
Sun Guard Katie Douglas
On if playing tonight was an emotional lift for the team:
"I don't know if (that was the case), necessarily. First and foremost, I didn't want to be a distraction to them. You know, my teammates are unbelievably caring and helpful and everything that you can expect from teammates. Each and every one of them has supported me and I just didn't want to distract them, but I wanted to give them something if I could."
On playing in game three:
"I'm just going on whatever the doctors tell me, honestly. I'm just waiting to see how (the foot) reacts to playing today. It will be a game-time decision."