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California-Berkeley, University of
The University of California, founded in 1868, began intercollegiate women's basketball compeition in 1973-74. They have advanced to four NCAA Tournaments over the years. Laura Baker, a member of the Shock's 1999 Training Camp Roster, played for the Golden Bears.
California-Santa Barbara, University of
The University of California - Santa Barbara, established in 1905, launched its women's basketball program for the 1972-73 season. Over the years, the Gauchos have made 11 NCAA Tournament appearances. Stacy Clinesmith played for UC-Santa Barbara and the Detroit Shock.
Michelle Campbell graduated from Rutgers University in 2006 after a four-year career that saw her earn Big East Most Improved Player honors in 2005 and an All-Big East Third Team distinction that same season. The Shock signed her as a free agent on March 4, 2008.
Mandi Carver attended Idaho State University and, after going undrafted in 2002, she signed with the WNBA as a free agent. Carver was assigned to the Shock on April 29, 2002, but was waived shortly thereafter on May 14, 2002.
Jamie Cassidy attended the University of Maine and after going undrafted in 2000 she signed with the WNBA as a free agent and was assigned to the Charlotte Sting on May 1, 2000. The Sting waived her on May 17, 2000, but she was later awarded to the Miami Sol on May 22, 2000. Miami waived Cassidy on May 26, 2001, and she was awarded to the Detroit Shock as a free agent on April 29, 2002. The Shock waived Cassidy on May 9, 2002.
Central Michigan University
Central Michigan University, established in 1892, began playing women's intercollegiate basketball for the 1969-70 season. They have two NCAA Tournament appearances to their credit. Nikki Thompkins played for the Chippewas, and was on Detroit's Training Camp roster in 2002.
Champions, NBA 1989
The Detroit Pistons won their first NBA Championship at the conclusion of the 1988-89 season. Future Shock coaches Bill Laimbeer and Rick Mahorn helped lead the Pistons to the title that year in a four game sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Champions, NBA 1990
The Detroit Pistons won the second of their back-to-back championships at the end of the 1989-90 season. Future Shock head coach Bill Laimbeer helped the Pistons to the championship that season with a four-games-to-one win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Champions, ABL 1996-97
The Columbus Quest won the inaugural ABL Championship three games to two over the Richmond Rage. Future Shock guards Katie Smith and Shannon Johnson were starters on that championship team.
Champions, ABL 1997-98
The Columbus Quest won back to back ABL Championships taking the 1997-98 title by defeating the Long Beach Sting Rays three games to two. Future Shock guards Katie Smith and Shannon Johnson were starters on that championship team.
Champions, WNBA 2003
The Detroit Shock defeated the Los Angeles Sparks two games to one to become the 2003 WNBA Champions. After an incredible worst-to-first season, the Shock defeated the Cleveland Rockers and the Connecticut Sun to move on to the 2003 Finals. Ruth Riley was named Finals MVP in front of a record-setting crowd of 22,076 fans.
The season was chronicled in the book Worst To First written by Vince Prygoski.
Champions, WNBA 2006
The Detroit Shock defeated the Sacramento Monarchs three games to two to become the 2006 WNBA Champions. The Shock defeated the Indiana Fever and the Connecticut Sun to face the defending Champion Monarchs. Deanna Nolan was named the MVP of the Finals after leading the Shock in scoring for the series and pouring in a game-high 24 in the decisive Game 5. It was the second championship for Nolan, Swin Cash, Cheryl Ford, Ruth Riley, Elaine Powell and Kedra Holland-Corn, and the first WNBA title for Katie Smith who had previously won two championships in the ABL.
Champions, NCAA 1990
Jennifer Azzi and the Stanford Cardinal picked up the first NCAA Women's Basketball Championship in school history during the 1989-90 season with an 88-81 win over Auburn. Azzi was named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player.
Champions, NCAA 2000
Swin Cash and the University of Connecticut brought home the hardware in the 1999-2000 collegiate season with a 71-52 win over the Tennessee Lady Vols. It was the first national title for Cash, who scored nine points and grabbed three rebounds in the win, and the second for the Huskies who finished the year with a 36-1 record.
Champions, NCAA 2001
Ruth Riley and the Fighting Irish picked up their first women's basketball national championship during the 2000-01 season as Riley scored a bucket in the lane and nailed a pair of free throws down the stretch to give Notre Dame a 68-66 win over Purdue in the title game. Riley, the Final Four Most Outstanding Player, scored 18 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked seven shots vs. the Boilermakers.
Swin Cash and the Connecticut Huskies climbed back to the top of the collegiate basketball mountain after a one-year hiatus capping off an undefeated 39-0 campaign with an 82-70 win over Oklahoma. Cash earned Final Four Most Outstanding Player honors by scoring 20 points and grabbing 13 rebounds for her second national championship and the school's third.
From 1997 through 2001, the WNBA's playoff finale was known as the WNBA Championship. In 2002, the league renamed it the WNBA Finals. The Championship was a one game, winner-take-all affair in 1997, and moved to a best-two-out-of-three format in 1998.
- 1997 WNBA Championship, Houston defeats New York one game to none
- 1998 WNBA Championship, Houston defeats Phoenix two games to one
- 1999 WNBA Championship, Houston defeats New York two games to one
- 2000 WNBA Championship, Houston defeats New York two games to none
- 2001 WNBA Championship, Los Angeles defeats Charlotte two games to none.
Charlotte Bobcats Arena
Charlotte Bobcats Arena was home to the Charlotte Sting for their final year in the WNBA. They originally called the Charlotte Coliseum home playing there from 1997 until 2005. The Shock are 1-0 all-time at Charlotte Bobcats Arena.
The Charlotte Coliseum was home to the Charlotte Sting for each of their first nine seasons in the WNBA. Prior to the 2006 season, the Sting moved into the Charlotte Bobcats Arena where they played for the final year of their existence. The Shock are 6-7 all-time at the Charlotte Coliseum.
The Chicago Condors were founded in 1998 only to cease operations along with the rest of the ABL in December of that year. Tausha Mills was the Condors first round draft pick (ninth overall pick) in the 1998 ABL Draft.
Cincinnati, University of
The University of Cincinnati was founded in 1819 and began competing in women's basketball for the 1971-72 season. They have advanced to four NCAA Tournaments over the years. Madinah Slaise played for the Bearcats and the Shock.
Clemson University, established in 1889, first fielded a women's basketball team in 1975-76. They have advanced to 15 NCAA Tournaments over the years. Natasha Anderson was a member of the Shock's 1999 Training Camp roster and attended Clemson.
Before he was a Pistons Bad Boy or head coach of the Shock, Bill Laimbeer was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs selected Laimbeer in the third round (65th overall) of the 1979 NBA Draft. He remained with Cleveland until February 16, 1982 when he was traded to the Detroit Pistons along with Kenny Carr in exchange for Phil Hubbard, Paul Mokeski, and future first and second round draft choices.
Coach of the Year, WNBA 2003
Shock Head Coach Bill Laimbeer was honored as the WNBA's Coach of the Year in 2003 following the Shock's worst-to-first turnaround. Following a 9-23 campaign, Detroit finished the 2003 season with a 25-9 mark and won its first WNBA Championship.
Colorado State University
Before he joined the coaching ranks of the WNBA and the Shock, Greg Williams was the head coach of the women's basketball team at Colorado State University from 1990-97. The Rams were 108-88 during Williams' time with the program and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 1996.
The Houston Comets played their home games at the Compaq Center from 1997 to 2003, winning all four of their WNBA Championships during that time. The Comets began play at the Toyota Center beginning in 2004, and relocated to Reliant Arena in 2008. The Shock are 0-4 all-time at Compaq Center.
Connecticut, University of
Founded in 1881, the University of Connecticut began its women's basketball program in 1974-75. They have 18 NCAA Tournament appearances to their credit and have won five national championships (1995, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2004). Swin Cash played for the Huskies as well as Detroit.
Continental Basketball Association (CBA)
The Continental Basketball Association men's basketball league was founded in 1946 as the Eastern Pennsylvania Basketball League. It took on its current name in 1978. Future Shock coach Rick Mahorn coached the CBA's Rockford Lightning at the end of the 1999-2000 season guiding them to a 15-7 record and the American Conference title.
Cross, Tom (1998-2002)
Cross first joined the Detroit Shock for the 1998 season as a basketball staff assistant for Head Coach Nancy Lieberman. He moved up the ranks, spending time as an assistant scouting director before finishing his stint with the Shock as an Assistant Coach/Director of Scouting. After leaving the Shock following the 2002 season, Cross was an assistant coach and associate head coach of the University of Memphis Lady Tigers. He was named Director of Player Personnel for the Houston Comets for the 2006 season. Cross is married to former Shock player Jae Kingi.
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