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Friday, July 1, 2005, at The Palace of Auburn Hills
Detroit Shock 63, Sacramento Monarchs 80

Recap | Box Score
July 1, 2005
The Palace of Auburn Hills
Shock 63, Monarchs 80
Points:(DET) P. Pierson, 22
(SAC) N. Powell, 17
Rebounds:(DET) C. Ford, 12
(SAC) N. Powell, 5
Assists:(DET) D. Nolan, 4
(SAC) T. Penichiero, 6
Blocks:(DET) R. Riley, 2
(SAC) All Tied, 0
Steals:(DET) D. P. Pierson, 2
(SAC) T. Penichiero, 4
Turnovers:(DET) D. Nolan, 5
(SAC) D. Walker, 4
(DET) 0
(SAC) 17
Points In
The Paint:
(DET) 40
(SAC) 26
Plenette Pierson
  • Points: 22
  • Steals: 2
  • FGM-A: 8-13
  • Minutes: 29
  • Shock Head Coach Bill Laimbeer

    On the game:
    “I thought they played harder than us start to finish and I thought that was the determining factor of the ball game. Were not playing hard enough at all. We’re out there floating around at times and it’s costing us.”

    On changing the line-ups:
    “That’s what we have to evaluate as coaches. Obviously we saw what Plenette Pierson can bring to our team. She plays very hard and when you play hard in this league, you’re successful. She’s only been here one day; today’s her first day. She plays hard and that’s why we got her. We need players that play harder than we are right now. We’re looking for some scoring from the three position and its clear that she can do that. We just need people to match her intensity now. Its clear that she’s on another level compared to the rest of our team.”

    Shock Forward Cheryl Ford

    On the game:
    “We didn’t play hard enough, we had too many turnovers.”

    On Plenette Pierson:
    “She did [well], just to come in and be in the shoot-around [after one day]. I think she’s going to be a great fit.”

    Shock Forward Plenette Pierson

    On coming to Detroit:
    “I think I just have a great bunch of people around me. Its just something I really wanted to work on today, coming in and doing whatever the coaches wanted me to do and try to mesh with the girls.”

    On Detroit’s system:
    “This system fits me. I’m a smaller post player but I can also defend and play on the outside and I think they way that they’re playing suits my game, to step out and take jumpers and also post-up.”

    Monarchs Head Coach John Whisenant

    “We said we would have to play our depth, we have to play nine or ten players, we do that every game. The players that play 25 to 30 might only get 24-26 minutes because of the fatigue. This is our fifth game in seven days, we have crossed the country in the same length of time.”

    On DeMya Walker’s injury:
    “We haven’t done an MIR or an X-Ray but the impression is that she got hit on the knee brace and it hurt. It is the same knee she strained about two weeks ago. Whichever player hit her from Detroit hit the brace, the brace has steel in it and that is what hurt her. We don’t think it did any further damage.”

    Monarchs Center Yolanda Griffith

    On being fatigued:
    “You have to prepare yourself mentally, that is part of your job, playing back to back games. I think we handled back-to-back games pretty well. It didn’t matter what the starting five did, the supporting players came in and contributed a lot. It’s a team effort.”