AUBURN HILLS, Mich., May 21 (Ticker) -- Deanna Nolan was a triple threat for the Detroit Shock.

Nolan recorded the first triple-double in team history as the Shock beat the Connecticut Sun, 78-67, in the opening contest of the WNBA season.
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Nolan, who collected 11 points, a career-high 11 assists and 10 rebounds, became just the fourth player in league history to post a triple-double.

Reserve Kara Braxton scored 18 points and Ayana Walker added 14 for the Shock (1-0), who won the WNBA title in 2003 but lost in the first round of the playoffs last season.

Braxton had 14 points in the first half to stake Detroit to a 41-34 lead at the break. Connecticut pulled within 45-44 just under three minutes into the second half but Detroit responded with a 16-3 run and led comfortably thereafter.

Taj McWilliams-Franklin contributed 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Sun (0-1), who shot just 35 percent (22-of-63).

Last season, Connecticut won the Eastern Conference before falling in three games to the Seattle Storm in the WNBA Finals.