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Alabama, University of
The University of Alabama, located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, first fielded a women's basketball team during the 1974-75 season. They have 10 NCAA Tournament appearances to their credit and one Final Four appearance. Dominique Canty and Tausha Mills both played for the Detroit Shock. Betsy Harris was a member of the Shock's 1998 Training Camp roster, and played at Alabama.
All-ABL Honorable Mention, 1996-97
Shock forward/center Val Whiting was a member of the San Jose Lasers during the 1996-97 ABL season and was named to the All-ABL Honorable Mention Team that year. She was similarly honored in 1997-98 while with the Seattle Reign.
All-ABL Honorable Mention, 1997-98
Shock forward/center Val Whiting was a member of the Seattle Reign during the 1997-98 ABL season and was named to the All-ABL Honorable Mention Team that year. She was similarly honored in 1996-97 while with the San Jose Lasers. Shannon Johnson was a member of the Columbus Quest from 1996-99 and was named to the All-ABL Honorable Mention Team during her sophomore campaign.
All-ABL Second Team, 1996-97
Shock forward Cindy Brown was a member of the Seattle Reign of the ABL from 1996-97. During the ABL's inaugural season of 1996-97, Brown was named to the All-ABL Second Team.
All Rookie Team, 2005 WNBA
The WNBA named its first-ever All-Rookie team after the 2005 season, consisting of five rookies regardless of position. Shock reserve center Kara Braxton was named to the team after averaging 6.9 points and 3.0 rebounds while connecting on 46.2 percent of her field goal attempts in her rookie campaign. Also on the team was Katie Feenstra who joined the Shock prior to the 2007 WNBA Season and averaged 8.8 points and 5.2 rebounds during her rookie season in San Antonio.
All-Star Game, 1996-97 ABL
The 1996-97 ABL All-Star Game was played on December 15, 1996 at the Hartford (Conn.) Civic Center. Future Shock guard Katie Smith was named to the Eastern Conference team as a member of the Columbus Quest while the Western Conference was represented by future Shock players Jennifer Azzi (San Jose), Cindy Brown (Seattle) and Val Whiting (San Jose). The Eastern Conference won 81-65.
All-Star Game, 1997-98 ABL
The 1997-98 ABL All-Star Game was played on January 18, 1998 at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Future Shock players Katie Smith (Columbus), Elaine Powell (Portland), and Jennifer Azzi (San Jose) participated in the game, which was won by Smith's Eastern Conference squad 102-73. Smith also finished second in the three-point shootout to Philadelphia's Dawn Staley.
All-Star Game, 1998-99 ABL
The third annual ABL All-Star Game was scheduled to be played on January 24, 1999 in San Jose. The game was cancelled when the ABL ceased operations in December of 1998.
The West won the game 79-61. Future Shock guard Merlakia Jones also played in the game for the East scoring four points, grabbing three rebounds and handing out three assists in 13 minutes as a representative of the Cleveland Rockers. Another future Shock guard, Shannon Johnson, also played in the game scoring eight points, grabbing four rebounds and picking up three steals as a representative of the Orlando Miracle.
Four future Detroit guards - Katie Smith for the West and Andrea Stinson, Merlakia Jones and Shannon Johnson for the East - also participated in the game. Smith was held scoreless in 18 minutes, Stinson scored three points in 13 minutes, Jones scored six points in 14 minutes and Johnson scored six points in 20 minutes.
Smith scored two points in 20 minutes for the West while Stinson scored four points and grabbed five rebounds in 17 minutes and Jones scored a team-high 12 points and grabbed six rebounds in 18 minutes for the East. The West won the game for the third straight season, 80-72.
Stinson scored nine points in 20 minutes, Johnson scored six points and handed out three assists in 20 minutes and Smith scored four points and grabbed four rebounds in 11 minutes as the West won for the fourth straight time, 81-76.
Nolan scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds in 22 minutes, while Cash chipped in six points and Ford was held scoreless. Smith scored two points in 15 minutes for the victors, while Johnson handed out two assists in two minutes of action for the East.
Nolan led the East with 20 points while Riley added 10, Ford scored four and Cash chipped in with two. Future Shock guard Katie Smith scored a game-high 16 points for the West.
All-WNBA, 1997 Second Team
Although the Shock was still just a gleam in The Palace's eye at the time, two future Shock players earned All-WNBA Second Team honors during the league's inagural season - Wendy Palmer, with the Utah Starzz, and Andrea Stinson with the Charlotte Sting. Palmer averaged 15.8 points and 8.0 rebounds while Stinson averaged 15.7 points and 4.4 assists.
All-WNBA, 1998 Second Team
During Detroit's inaugural season, Cindy Brown became the first Shock player to make either the All-WNBA First Team or Second Team when she received a Second Team nod for averaging a double-double (11.8 ppg, 10.0 rpg) in 1998. She was joined on the Second Team by future Shock guard Andrea Stinson who averaged 15.0 points and 4.5 assists with the Charlotte Sting.
All-WNBA, 1999 Second Team
The Shock didn't place anybody on the 1999 All-WNBA Second Team, but future Shock guard Shannon Johnson earned a spot as a member of the Orlando Miracle after averaging 14.0 points and 4.4 assists per game.
All-WNBA, 2000 Second Team
The Shock didn't place anybody on the 2000 All-WNBA Second Team, but future Shock guards Katie Smith and Shannon Johnson earned spots as members of the Minnesota Lynx and Orlando Miracle respectively. Smith averaged 20.2 points per game, and Johnson averaged 11.9 points and 5.3 assists.
All-WNBA, 2001 First Team
The Shock were shut out of All-WNBA voting again in 2001, but two future Shock players did earn All-WNBA First-Team honors - Katie Smith with the Minnesota Lynx and Merlakia Jones with the Cleveland Rockers. Smith averaged 23.1 points and set numerous league records during the course of the season while Jones averaged 13.5 points on the year.
All-WNBA, 2002 Second Team
For the third straight season, no members of the Shock were able to crack the league's All-WNBA teams, but future Detroit guards Katie Smith and Shannon Johnson picked up Second Team honor with Minnesota and Orlando respectively. Smith averaged 16.5 points for the season, and Johnson averaged 16.3 points and 5.3 assists.
All-WNBA, 2003 First Team
Future Shock guard Katie Smith made her second appearance on an All-WNBA First Team earning a spot on the 2003 version after averageing 18.2 points per game for the Minnesota Lynx.
All-WNBA, 2003 Second Team
In addition to winning the 2003 WNBA Championship, the Shock were rewarded with three spots on the All-WNBA Second Team as Swin Cash, Cheryl Ford and Deanna Nolan became the first trio of teammates to earn Second Team honors in the same season. Cash averaged 16.6 points and 5.8 rebounds, Ford averaged a double-double with 10.8 points and 10.4 rebounds and Nolan averaged 12.4 points while hitting 42.1 percent of her three-pointers.
All-WNBA, 2006 Second Team
Cheryl Ford picked up her second All-WNBA Second Team trophy following the 2006 season after she broke the league record for rebounds in a season while averaging 13.8 points and 11.3 rebounds.
America West Arena
The Phoenix Mercury called America West Arena home for the first nine years of the team's existence. Prior to the 2006 WNBA Season, America West Arena changed its name to US Airways Center. The Shock were 2-7 at the facility while it was known as America West Arena.
Prior to the 1997-98 season the Long Beach Stingrays joined the ABL as an expansion team, while the Rage moved from Richmond to Philadelphia keeping the same nickname. The Columbus Quest repeated as ABL champs in the league's sophomore season topping Long Beach three games to two in March of 1998.
The Chicago Condors and Nashville Noise joined the ABL as expansion teams in 1998 as the franchises in Atlanta and Long Beach disbanded. The ABL as a whole eventually ceased operation on December 22, 1999 just one month into its third season.
Players that played in the ABL and for the Shock include Jennifer Azzi (San Jose, 1996-99), Cindy Brown (Seattle, 1996-97), Anna DeForge (San Jose, 1998-99), Barbara Farris (New England, 1998-99), Kedra Holland-Corn (San Jose, 1997-99), Shannon Johnson (Columbus, 1996-99), Tausha Mills, Astou Ndiaye-Diatta (Seattle, 1997-99), Elaine Powell (Portland, 1997-99) Katie Smith (two time ABL Champion Columbus Quest, 1996-99) and Val Whiting (San Jose, 1996-97; Seattle, 1997-99). Former Shock Assistant Coach Laurie Byrd also played in the ABL with Atlanta (1996-97) and San Jose (1997-98).
After finishing her collegiate career at Clemson, Anderson went undrafted in 1999, signing with the WNBA as a free agent and being assigned to the Shock on May 6, 1999. Detroit waived Anderson on May 27, 1999.
Arizona, University Of
The University of Arizona, founded in 1885, first fielded an intercollegiate women's basketball team in 1972-73. They have appeared in seven NCAA Tournaments over the years. DeAngela Minter played for Arizona and the Detroit Shock.
Arkansas, University Of
The University of Arkansas, established in 1871, began its women's basketball program in 1976-77. They have made the NCAA Tournament on nine occasions and the Final Four twice. Amy Wright, who was on the Detroit Shock's 2002 Training Camp roster, attended Arkansas.
Auburn University, founded in 1856, first fielded an intercollegiate women's basketball team for the 1971-72 season. Over the years, the Tigers have advanced to 16 NCAA Tournaments and three Final Fours. Carol Smith, who was on the Shock's 2002 Training Camp roster, is an Auburn graduate.
Detroit has had four different players don the Shock uniform who called Australia home - Sandy Brondello, Carla Boyd (Porter), Jae Cross (Kingi) and Rachael Sporn. The land of Oz has been a big player on the women's basketball scene since the mid 90s medaling in the 1996 (bronze), 2000 (silver) and 2004 (silver) Olympics, and the 1994 (silver), 1998 (silver), 2002 (silver) and 2006 (gold) FIBA World Championship For Women.
Azzi only played one season for the Shock before being traded on April 24, 2000 to the Utah Starzz along with the 12th pick in the 2000 WNBA Draft in exchange for the third and eighth picks in the 2000 WNBA draft. She spent four years with the Utah Starzz/San Antonio Silver Stars franchise before retiring in 2004 from competitive play. She particiated in the 2004 Shooting Stars competition as a member of Team San Antonio.
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