Series Breakdown: Sacramento Monarchs (2) vs. Detroit Shock (2)
Monarchs To Defend Their Title Against Shock in Finals
Gm 1: at Det., Wed., 8/30,
7:30 p.m. ET. ESPN2
Gm 2: at Det., Fri., 9/1, 7:30
p.m. ET. ESPN2
3: at Sac., Sun., 9/3, 4:30 p.m. ET. ESPN2
at Sac., Wed., 9/6, 9 p.m. ET. ESPN2
Gm 5*: at Det., Sat., 9/9,
3:30 p.m. ET. ESPN2
For the first time in the history
of the WNBA, we will see a pair of two-seeds will off in the WNBA Finals. Sacramento
is back in the Finals for the second straight season after winning their second
Conference Championship against the top-seeded Los Angeles Sparks. The Monarchs
are undefeated this postseason and have been most impressive this postseason.
After a rocky start to the season, the Monarchs did not look like the defending
champions until the start of the second half of the season, but the after rolling
off a seven-game winning streak after the All-Star break, they cruised into the
playoffs with the two seed. Despite a slight decline in Yolanda Griffith's scoring
and rebounding numbers during the regular season, the 2005 WNBA Finals M.V.P.
is still leading the Monarchs in their eighth straight postseason appearance.
The Detroit Shock, who finished second in the East with a 23-11 record, breezed
through their first round matchup against the Indiana Fever before defeating the
first place Connecticut Sun in the Eastern Conference Finals in a classic three-game
series. Detroit is making their second Finals appearance in franchise history.
Back in 2003, the Shock won their first championship in franchise history as they
defeated the Sparks in three games to take home the trophy. During the regular
season, the Shock were led by center Cheryl Ford's 13.8 points and league-high
Regular Season: Sacramento Monarchs 1 - Detroit Shock 1
fast facts about the Monarchs-Shock WNBA Finals matchup:
The last time the Monarchs entered the postseason as a two-seed
was in 2001. They advanced to the Conference Finals, but ended up losing to the
Los Angeles Sparks in three games. The Monarchs won the title last year as the
top seed in the West, yet won Game One of the 2005 WNBA Finals on the road and
sealed the deal at home in Game 4.
Yolanda Griffith was the only player on the Monarchs to average double-digits
in points per game this season (12.0 ppg). Yet, DeMya Walker returned from maternity
leave near the end of July and has steadily improved throughout the season. She
averaged nearly 12 ppg in her final 12 games.
The Shock are in the WNBA Finals for the first time since winning
the championship in 2003 against the Los Angeles Sparks.
Shock center Cheryl Ford set a postseason record set a postseason
record by grabbing 23 rebounds in a 70-59 Game One victory over the Sun.
Wednesday, July 26, Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI:Shock
91, Monarchs 71 | Box score Detroit Leaders: Cheryl Ford (24 pts., 11 reb.), Katie Smith (20 pts.,
3 ast.) Sacramento Leaders: Nicole Powell (14 pts., 3 reb.), Rebekkah
Brunson (13 pts., 8 reb)
Sunday, July 30, Arco Arena, Sacramento,
CA:Monarchs 94, Shock 61
| Box score Detroit
Leaders: Swin Cash (18 pts., 7 reb.), Cheryl Ford (13 pts., 11 reb.) Sacramento
Leaders: Lisa Leslie (10 pts., 11 reb.), Chamique Holdsclaw (20 pts., 6 reb) Video Highlights: