Shock capitalizes on 28 Washington turnovers, Feenstra has double-double

Shock Wins Again

If the Detroit Shock players and coaches have learned anything from two preseason games, it’s that they’re better off with too many ball handlers than not enough.

The Shock and their five-guard backcourt defeated the Washington Mystics, 73-55, Sunday afternoon after the Mystics stifled their own production, with a little help from the Detroit defense, by committing 28 turnovers. It was a similar scenario in the Shock’s first preseason victory Friday night against the Houston Comets.

The Mystics’ turnovers came early and often, with 10 in the first quarter, helping Detroit take a 23-15 lead. It must have been frustrating for Washington because they shot rather well when they were able to hold onto the ball, including 58 percent in the first quarter.

The Shock led 39-29 at halftime and pulled away in the second half.

With starting center Kara Braxton still overseas, Detroit reserve Katie Feenstra continued to impress in the extra minutes she’s received and had team highs of 22 points and 12 rebounds. Plenette Pierson also made the most of her time in the lineup for forward Cheryl Ford with 12 points.

Rookie Bernice Mosby tallied a double-double for the Mystics. The former Baylor forward had 14 points and 11 rebounds, both team highs. Washington forward Tamara James added nine points.

The game was played in Columbus, Ohio, near Katie Smith’s hometown of Logan. The Shock guard and Ohio State alum had nearly 50 friends and family in attendance. Though held scoreless, Smith had a team-high four assists and three rebounds in 25 minutes.

It was not a perfect game by any means for the Shock. They shot 33.8 percent from the floor and committed 15 turnovers of their own.

Still, it could be a perfect preseason. The Shock has never gone undefeated in the preseason but they are victory away from doing just that. Detroit’s third and final exhibition will be next Sunday against the San Antonio Silver Stars in Omaha, Neb.