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Radio City Music Hall
During the 2004 WNBA Season, the New York Liberty were forced out of their home arena, Madison Square Garden, for six games to make way for the Republican National Convention. The Shock faced the Liberty in the first-ever WNBA game at Radio City on July 24, 2004.

Head Coach Bill Laimbeer returned to Radio City on August 5, 2004 for “The WNBA vs. USA Basketball, the Game at Radio City” – a game pitting the US Women’s Senior National Team against a team of star WNBA players. Laimbeer was the head coach for the WNBA squad, which lost to the US Olympic Team, 74-58. Shock players on the 2004 Olympic Team were Swin Cash, Ruth Riley and eventual Shock guard Katie Smith. On the WNBA Team were Deanna Nolan and Cheryl Ford.


Ramus, Laura (1998-current)


Ramus
Laura Ramus joined the Detroit Shock for its inagural season as the team's head atheltic trainer and has been with the team ever since. She is responsible for the coordination of all of Detroit's athletic training and rehabilitation.








Reeve, Cheryl (2006-current)


Reeve
Cheryl Reeve joined the Shock coaching staff in 2006 where she picked up her first WNBA Championship after two separate stints with the Charlotte Sting (2001-02, 2004-05) and one season with the Cleveland Rockers (2003). Prior to joining the WNBA, Reeve spent five seasons as an assistant coach at George Washington and as a head coach at Indiana State for four years. Reeve’s collegiate playing career was spent at La Salle University. She won the 2006 WNBA Championship with the Detroit Shock.

On March 3, 2008, Reeve was promoted to Director of Player Personnel.





Reliant Arena
The Houston Comets began play at Reliant Arena in 2008 after playing their first 11 seasons at Compaq Center (1997-2003) and Toyota Center (2004-07).


Rice University
Former Shock coach Greg Williams was a three-year letter winner at Rice University from 1967-69 and earned All-Southwest Conference honors as a senior. After graduation, he joined the men's coaching staff at Rice and remained with the Owls for six seasons. Williams returned to Rice as the head coach of the women's basketball team in May of 2005.


Riley, Ruth (2003-2006)


Riley
Riley was drafted by the Miami Sol out of Notre Dame in the first round (5th overall) of the 2001 WNBA Draft. After Miami ceased operations following the 2002 season, Detroit selected her with the first overall pick of the 2003 WNBA Dispersal Draft. Riley helped lead the Shock to the WNBA Championship in her first season in Detroit and was named 2003 WNBA Finals MVP. In 2004, she won an Olympic Gold medal as a member of the US Women's National Team, and in 2005 she picked up her first WNBA All-Star nod. In 2006, Riley helped the Shock to their second WNBA title. The Shock traded Riley to the San Antonio Silver Stars on February 22, 2007 in exchange for Katie Feenstra and the option of exchanging first round picks in the 2008 WNBA Draft.

Riley Bio and Statistics


Rockford Lightning
The Rockford Lightning began Continental Basketball Association competition during the 1986-87 season. Shock Assistant Coach Rick Mahorn took over as head coach of the Lightning with 22 games left in the 1999-2000 season leading them to a15-7 mark and advancing to the CBA semifinals.


Rookie of the Year, 2003 WNBA
Detroit Shock forward Cheryl Ford took home 2003 WNBA Rookie of the Year honors after averaging a double-double with 10.8 points and 10.4 rebounds.


Rose Garden
The Portland Fire played their home games at The Rose Garden during their three years of WNBA play. The Shock are 1-1 all-time at the Rose Garden.


Russia
The Shock have had three players of Russian descent grace its roster over the years - Irina Ospiova, Elena Tornikidou and Oksana Zakaluzhnaya.


Rutgers University
Rutgers University was chartered in 1766 and began its women's basketball program for the 1974-75 season. Vicky Picott who was on the Shock's 2000 training camp roster, and Michelle Campbell both attended Rutgers.


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