Sunday, June 27, 2004 at The Palace of Auburn Hills

Detroit Shock 72, Connecticut Sun 74

Recap | Box Score
June 27, 2004
The Palace of Auburn Hills
Shock 72, Sun 74
Points:(DET) S. Cash, 20
(CON) N. Sales, 19
Rebounds:(DET) C. Ford, 10
(CON) 2 tied, 8
Assists:(DET) E. Powell, 10
(CON) L. Whalen, 13
Blocks:(DET) S. Cash, 1
(CON) 2 tied, 1
Steals:(DET) 2 tied, 2
(CON) N. Sales, 3
Turnovers:(DET) 5 tied, 2
(CON) 2 tied, 4
Biggest
Lead:
(DET) 14
(CON) 11
Fastbreak
Points:
(DET) 6
(CON) 10
POSTGAME QUOTES
DETROITSHOCK.COM
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Lindsay Whalen
  • Points: 10
  • Rebounds: 3
  • Assists: 13
  • Minutes: 36
  • Whalen's Season Statistics
    Shock Head Coach Bill Laimbeer

    On tonight’s performance:
    “It is a bit trying right now we lose by 2,3, and by 4 it’s not fun. We continue to preach that it is the little things that will make us champions again and we are struggling to do that. Unforced errors, lazy play on defense, among other things that cause us to lose close games."

    On reason for losing close games:
    “I have attributed part of it to youth and inexperience, we just have not been through the wars of understanding how intense and how hard it is to win consistently in this league because success came so easy to us last year."

    On Ford’s Play:
    “Her timing was off in the first half but she came back strong in the second with dominating plays. Unfortunately she was the only one scoring because we did too much standing around, lack of moving the ball again the little things that make the difference.

    Shock Guard Deanna Nolan

    On shooting slump:
    “I don’t know if it is because of a lack of concentration or me taking bad shots, but I as a shooting guard and I have to keep shooting. I’m not worried about me scoring it will come around.”

    On team’s play:
    “It is our fault for losing these games. We should put them away when we have them beat. We have to stop allowing teams to recover and beat us near the end of the game.”

    Shock Guard Chandi Jones

    On last shot:
    “The last play was not designed for me but when I got to ball I was open and tried to get off a good shot, it just didn’t fall.”




    Sun Head Coach Mike Thibault

    On Laimbeer’s opinion of Friday’s game:
    “I don’t know, the most important thing for us is to keep winning no matter what we’re doing. We’re just trying to get to first place some how. After this game we’re tied for first.”

    On Friday’s game helping guide the way for this win:
    “The way we played the first ten minutes we might have been too relaxed. We had to wake up after the first ten minutes. I don’t know if that’s it as much as how mad we were when we gave the game up a couple weeks ago—when we lost by one. Friday was important for our mental health, today was important for the future.”

    Sun Forward Nykesha Sales

    “Tonight was not a great shooting night for us. We missed a lot, a lot of shots. But we got a lot of opportunities and took advantage of a majority of them. Sometimes when you’re on the road its hard. We had to continue to find a way to win. We had to get up and down the floor. We know they get up and down the floor so we had to make sure we got back.”

    On the importance of the Sun run:
    “It was real important. I think it was the key of the game. I think being down almost twelve and coming back and only being down four or five was the key that really helped us. From there it was back fourth and it really never got out of hand again. We might of went up eight, they came back, but it was a little too late.”

    “We realized that we could play against this team. We understand that they won the championship last year, but this year is a different year and there are other teams that are hungry. I don’t think there is anyone who is scared to get out there and actually play them. People are determined to win games and the last couple teams have gone out there and done that against them.”