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Friday, June 24, 2005 at The Palace of Auburn Hills
Detroit Shock 55, Washington Mystics 69

Recap | Box Score
June 24, 2005
The Palace of Auburn Hills
Shock 55, Mystics 69
Points:(DET) D. Nolan, 19
(WAS) T. Johnson, 15
Rebounds:(DET) Four tied, 6
(WAS) C. Melvin, 9
Assists:(DET) E. Powell, 4
(WAS) T. Johnson, 4
Blocks:(DET) Three tied, 1
(WAS) N. Sanford, 2
Steals:(DET) Five tied, 1
(WAS) Seven tied, 1
Turnovers:(DET) Two tied, 3
(WAS) A. Beard, 3
(DET) 0
(WAS) 17
Points In
The Paint:
(DET) 22
(WAS) 30
Temeka Johnson
  • Points: 15
  • Rebounds: 5
  • Assists: 4
  • Minutes: 31
  • Shock Head Coach Bill Laimbeer

    On the game:
    “I didn’t like it a whole lot. We have these moments where we just don’t show up to play basketball and this was a classic example. All the stuff we worked on in practice all week long went out the window as soon as the game started; being physical, attacking the rim, execution of our plays, playing hard.”

    On if missing free throws was a factor in the game:
    “Effort was the big factor, our free throws are a result of concentration and effort. When we don’t show mentally, which happens more frequent than not now, you miss free throws because you’re not concentrating.”

    On Sunday’s game against Los Angeles:
    “I have no idea what we’re doing right now. We practice tomorrow.”

    Shock Guard Deanna Nolan

    On practice:

    “We practiced well this week, being focused. Everything is together; we just don’t carry it over to the game. I don’t know why, maybe it nerves, maybe we’re scared to get yelled at. We have to figure it out.”

    Shock Forward Ayana Walker

    On frustration and effort:
    “It’s really frustrating, we’re not playing with any heart, we’re just out there, we need to find that energy back when we first started. It’s our job, we get paid for winning games, not just for playing games. We aren’t’ making an effort, we’re just out there.”

    On practice:
    “We always practice well, we go at each other so hard, you would think it would translate over to the game. I don’t know what we’re missing, we practiced so well this week.”

    Mystics Head Coach Richie Adubato

    On the three game winning streak:
    “We had a break last week where there was six days that we didn’t play and we were able to run a mini-training camp for three or four days, for three hours per day to get everyone together. We really got a break having that time off, we have won three since we have had that time off so we are feeling pretty good about ourselves right now.”

    Mystics Guard Temeka Johnson

    On Detroit not having Cash and relying on Nolan:
    “I think that they definitely miss her because I think she is one of there leaders but Deanna Nolan is a great player and I think she can handle the pressure.”