Sunday, July 16, 2006, at The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI
Detroit Shock 77, San Antonio Silver Stars 67

Shock 77, Silver Stars 67
Boxscore | Recap
July 16, 2006
The Palace of Auburn Hills
Auburn Hills, MI
Points:(DET) C. Ford, 20
(SAS) A.Bibrzycka, 14
Rebounds:(DET) C. Ford, 17
(SAS) S. Young, 11
Assists:(DET) S. Cash, 6
(SAS) V.Johnson, 7
Blocks:(DET) Three Tied, 1
(SAS) Two Tied, 3
Player of the Game
Cheryl Ford
Points: 20
Rebounds: 17
Blocks: 3
Minutes: 32:05
Shock Head Coach Bill Laimbeer

On Cheryl Ford:
“She had a nagging injury this week and didn’t practice and came out tonight and gave us 20 [points] and 17 [rebounds] and three blocked shots. That was a great performance. We had a lot of good performances tonight, Deanna Nolan came back from a severe thigh bruise and played well in the minutes she did in the second half so it was a good win for us. They’re a pretty good team.”

On defense:
“That’s our strength, we’re the biggest, strongest team in the league, so when we don’t get offensive rebounds we’re going to struggle.”

Shock Guard Deanna Nolan

On returning to the game after the first-half injury :
“Checked it out, massaged it, see how I feel and try not to stiffen up. Once I get warm, don’t take me out because if it stiffens up that’s it.”

Shock Forward Cheryl Ford

On returning after the All-Star break:
“We knew our task at hand. We just have to stay focused and we came out and handled business like we’re supposed to.”

On rebounding:
“[Coach Laimbeer] told us he needs rebounds right now, get a stop and rebound. We know giving teams second chance shots will let them stay in the game”

Silver Stars Head Coach Dan Hughes

On their slow start to both halves:
“I don't know. I think my pre-game and half time speeches have to be a little better. I'll take ownership of that. To be honest, Detroit is a good team. I think they've been underappreciated defensively in this league. They take away some things near the basket awfully well. It took us a little bit of time to adjust to that. Quite honestly, take a look at their shooting percentage. They shoot 39% and do a great job near the goal. I don't think we were as aggressive at times. I think they are a good defensive team and you don't hear that a lot.”

Silver Stars Center Katie Feenstra

On playing in Detroit:
“Yeah. It's a tough place to play. I always like coming back home. I had my family and friends come out to see me play. That encourages me. I had to get 20 tickets”

On her game:
“Before the All-Star game, I wasn't playing as well. I knew I could play better. During the All-Star break I really focused in on what I could do to make me a better basketball player. I spent the time off resting here in Michigan. I thought about this season and last season and what I could do to play better. I really want to get my stats up a little more.”