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Thursday, August 25, 2005 at The Palace of Auburn Hills
Detroit Shock 55, Indiana Fever 40

Recap | Box Score
August 25, 2005
The Palace of Auburn Hills
Shock 55, Fever 40
Points:(DET) C. Ford, 14
(IND) T. Catchings, 13
Rebounds:(DET) C. Ford, 10
(IND) T. Catchings, 4
Assists:(DET) D. Nolan, 5
(IND) Two Tied, 3
Blocks:(DET) D. Nolan, 3
(IND) E. Hoffman, 2
Steals:(DET) Two Tied, 2
(IND) N. Williams, 2
Turnovers:(DET) R. Riley, 3
(IND) T. Catchings, 4
(DET) 15
(IND) 6
Points In
The Paint:
(DET) 22
(IND) 12
Cheryl Ford
  • Points: 14
  • Rebounds: 10
  • Steals: 2
  • Minutes: 36
    Recorded 12th double-double of the season.
  • Shock Head Coach Bill Laimbeer

    On the game:
    “I thought it was a good test of wills out there for an extended period in that game. When you have a test of wills like that, both teams are going to miss shots. I thought both teams played solid defense. The key to that game is that we didn’t turn the ball over in the second half and we got all the loose balls, which shows that we finally got focused.”

    On the difference between the first and second halves:
    “I think our focus was there and our intensity was somewhat there in the first half, we were just a little tight. The second half our focus got even sharper and we were able to get those loose balls and those big rebounds.”

    On Cheryl Ford:
    “She’s a monster. She’ll one day find her free throw niche and she’ll be even that better.”

    Shock Forward Cheryl Ford

    On the difference between the first and send halves:
    “Turnovers, we didn’t turn the ball over in the second half.”

    On the game:
    “Just effort, we were on the same page today, were all focused and we all knew what we had to do. We needed to win today.”

    Shock Guard Deanna Nolan

    On the difference between the first and second halves:
    “The first half we were turning it over, giving them second shots. We minimized that, we were sharper in the second half. We didn’t turn it over at all, we got all the loose balls. They only had a total of 15 rebounds as a team, so you can’t ask for better.”

    On defense:
    “I thought we were very into it and focused on the defensive end and we were making them take tough shots, making them take long shots, making them shoot from the outside. We were getting our hands in there, poking out a lot of loose balls.”

    Fever Head Coach Brian Winters

    On the second half:
    “We had too many turnovers, we gave up basically to many offensive rebounds through out the whole game. They got ten more shots at the goal and made six more field goals, we shot poorly, and we shot 37 percent your not going to win a lot of games like that.”

    On knowing your position for playoffs: “Whenever you play in these types of games it’s difficult in a sense that you know what your position is, the other team is still fighting for theirs but that isn’t an excuse.”

    Fever Forward Tamika Catchings

    On Detroit being more physical:
    “I think we came out and we were ready to play, tonight we may have been a little mentally and physically fatigue but that is not an excuse because Detroit came out like they were on a mission and they showed that in every possession.”

    On rebounds:
    “We got killed on the boards, Cheryl Ford, Ruth [Riley], Plenette [Pierson], Swin [Cash] everyone killed us on the boards. One thing we have been talking about to win is rebounding defensively and getting our shooting percentage up.”