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Sunday, June 26, 2005, at The Palace of Auburn Hills
Detroit Shock 79, L.A. Sparks 73

Recap | Box Score
June 26, 2005
The Palace of Auburn Hills
Shock 79, Sparks 73
Points:(DET) D. Nolan, 22
(LAS) T. Whitmore, 19
Rebounds:(DET) C. Ford, 15
(LAS) L. Leslie, 10
Assists:(DET) E. Powell, 7
(LAS) C. Holdsclaw, 7
Blocks:(DET) R. Riley, 4
(LAS) L. Leslie, 2
Steals:(DET) D. Nolan, 3
(LAS) Two Tied, 2
Turnovers:(DET) K. Braxton, 5
(LAS) L. Leslie, 4
(DET) 6
(LAS) 25
Points In
The Paint:
(DET) 28
(LAS) 32
Deanna Nolan
  • Points: 22
  • Rebounds: 9
  • Assists: 4
  • Minutes: 40
  • Shock Head Coach Bill Laimbeer

    On the game:
    “That’s probably the lowest point that I’ve been associated with the Shock, that first half. It wasn’t pretty. We’ve been hanging our heads a little bit too much. We finally just had to take a stand, and we did. They dug in and pulled themselves together and it was an unbelievable comeback.”

    On Barbara Farris:
    “Farris was put on Holdsclaw and I thought she did an unbelievable job, being physical with her, denying her the basketball, and just working, and also on the offensive end, she had a great second half. She led the charge and the rest of our team kind of caught on.”

    On the comeback:
    “I told them in the huddle this is the lowest point they’re ever going to have with their franchise, there’s nowhere to go but up, that’s when we were down 25, so fortunately they dug in, and they competed. They finally set up as a basketball team and started to compete, they weren’t going to take it any longer. They showed what they could do.”

    Shock Forward Cheryl Ford

    On the game:
    “We just came together as a team. What was hurting us in the first half was our turnovers. We were hurting ourselves and we knew that. We looked at each other and said one basket at a time and that’s what we did.”

    “It will definitely boost our confidence, as long as we got that confidence in each other and believe in ourselves, we’ll be fine.”

    Shock Center Ruth Riley

    On getting Lisa Leslie in foul trouble:
    “I think that’s the strategy that every team takes when they play L.A. She’s their best player, she’s their leader. If you can get her in foul trouble and force her to sit on the bench, that’s a tremendous advantage.”

    On being down early:
    “You can’t give up 10 minutes into the game and they were hitting a lot of shots, we weren’t hitting anything so at that point, you’re pretty much at the bottom, there’s only one direction to go and that’s up. You’ve just got to keep working and working.”

    Sparks Head Coach Henry Bibby

    “I think foul trouble had something to do with the loss but they just wanted it more than we did. They played hard. Bill Laimbeer’s team may take on his fate; they’re very physical they play that way. They out played us, they wanted it.”

    Sparks Center Lisa Leslie

    On foul trouble:
    “It effected us a lot especially when we only had eight players to begin with. Having five fouls for the last nine or eleven minutes, it’s difficult to play like that and the momentum shifted for the other team.”

    On Chamique Holdsclaw:
    “It’s not a one person’s team so we still need to get out there and finish the ball game. I think having that many fouls forces us to be more tentative inside. They did a good job getting the ball inside during the second half and we weren’t able to be as aggressive.”