|STAR OF THE GAME
White got the game within striking distance for the Fever with 13 of her 15 points in the fourth quarter. Tan also had four assists and one rebound in the loss to Detroit.
DeForge contributed across the board for the Fever with nine points, seven rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot.
On The Loss
"We came back, but it was too little, too late. When you get down that far, it's hard to come all the way back. We weren't aggressive enough when we came out of the lockerroom to start the second half. We had a lead, and (Detroit) came out with a lot of energy. They went on a run and we weren't ready."
"We didn't play well in the third period. We fouled too much and gave up too many O-boards. We were soft. We had a flurry in the end, but not until we dug too big a hole. In the fourth period, we made a few baskets and got some stops, and Tan had a helluva run - but you can't get that far behind against a good team and still expect to win "
Points in the paint:
Fever 14, Shock 32
Fever 14, Shock 9
Fever 7, Shock 12
Points off turnovers:
Fever 23, Shock 10
Fever 43, Shock 56
Fever 16, Shock 18
||Fever 69, Shock 74
August 11, 2007 at Palace of Auburn Hills (Detroit, MI)|
Box Score | WNBA Recap
AUBURN HILLS, August 11, 2007 (AP) -- Deanna Nolan scored 26 points - 18 in the second half - and the Detroit Shock beat the Indiana Fever 74-69 Saturday to clinch home-court advantage throughout the WNBA playoffs.
Detroit (24-6) secured the league's best record by holding off a fourth-quarter comeback by Indiana.
Nolan made a pair of free throws with 29.9 seconds remaining to give Detroit a 72-69 lead.
Indiana did not get a good look at the basket on its ensuing possession.
Detroit's Katie Smith added 15 points, six rebounds and five assists for the defending WNBA Champions.
Tan White led Indiana (19-12) with 15 points. Tammy Sutton-Brown chipped in 13 points.
The Shock struggled in the first half, shooting just 35 percent from the field while committing nine turnovers that the Fever turned into 17 points.
Detroit trailed 41-31 at halftime, but outscored the Fever 28-9 in the third quarter to take a 59-50 lead into the fourth.
Nolan led the third-quarter charge with 14 points. Her three-point play with 5:32 to go in the third gave the Shock their first lead since 5:54 remained in the first quarter.
Detroit pushed the lead to 15 early in the fourth quarter before the Fever put together a 19-5 run sparked by three consecutive three-pointers by White to cut the lead to 70-69.
Fever led 41-31 at half and had 24-18 advantage on boards.
In 3rd quarter alone, Shock had 14-3 rebound edge and outscored Indiana 28-9.
Shock led by as many as 15 (65-50) on jumper by Deanna Nolan w 8:25 to play.
Tan White had 13 of her 15 points during furious 4th quarter that included 3 of 5 3-pointers. White's first basket of the quarter came on a reverse lay-up w 5:09 to play, and she scored 13 of the Fever's final 15 points. She scored 13 of Indiana's 19 in the quarter.
White's 17-foot jumper w 0:41 to play brought Fever within a point at 70-69. Detroit scored game's last four points at free throw line.
Shock clinches East crown and home-court advantage through playoffs. Fever maintains second-place lead over Connecticut w three games left in regular season. Fever hosts Connevticut on Wednesday.
2007 Game Report Archive