Shock tie franchise-best start with first road win of the year

Shock rally for first road win

Shock 77, Comets 71Player of the Game
June 2, 2007
Toyota Center
Houston, TX
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(DET) K. Smith, 17
(HOU) Two Tied, 20
(DET) C. Ford, 14
(HOU) T. Thompson, 7
(DET) K. Smith, 5
(HOU) T. Moore, 6
(DET) S. Cash, 2
(HOU) M. Snow, 3
The Detroit Shock rallied in the final four minutes to beat the Houston Comets, 77-71, Saturday night, matching the best start in team history at 4-0.

The Shock trailed 68-59 with 3:55 to go in the fourth quarter before ending the game on an 18-3 run. Guard Katie Smith had seven points of her team-high 17 points and Swin Cash added five during the run.

Smith scored all 17 of her points in the second half, 10 in the fourth quarter alone, and had five assists. Forward Cheryl Ford recorded her first double-double of 2007 with 15 points and 14 rebounds, and Cash also filled the stat sheet with 14 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. Guards Plenette Pierson and Deanna Nolan each added 11 points and combined for seven assists.

The Shock have had trouble holding onto the ball this season and that continued in the teamís first road game with 22 turnovers, but only two came during the critical fourth quarter. The Comets managed to score 17 points off the first 20 turnovers, however, helping them take a one-point halftime lead, 33-32, and a five-point lead into the fourth quarter.

The Shock failed to take advantage when Comets forward Tina Thompson left the game early in the fourth with her fifth foul. The Shock still trailed 66-59 when Thompson returned with 4:25 left, shortly before the Shock took control. Thompson and center Michell Snow each scored 20 and guard Tamara Moore chipped in 10 for the Comets, who continued their worst season-opening slide in team history at 0-4.

The Comets, who were badly outrebounded by the Shock, 44-25, missed All-Star forward Sheryl Swoopes, who is expected to be out 2-4 weeks due to a lower back strain.