Wednesday, June 23, 2004 at Charlotte Coliseum

Detroit Shock 65, Charlotte Sting 60

Recap | Box Score
June 23, 2004
Charlotte Coliseum
Shock 65, Sting 60
Points:(DET) D. Nolan, 17
(CHA) A. Stinson, 16
Rebounds:(DET) S. Cash, 9
(CHA) T. Sutton-Brown, 10
Assists:(DET) E. Powell, 6
(CHA) D. Staley, 4
Blocks:(DET) 4 tied, 1
(CHA) T. Sutton-Brown, 2
Steals:(DET) R. Riley, 3
(CHA) T. Sutton-Brown, 3
Turnovers:(DET) 4 tied, 3
(CHA) A. Feaster, 3
Biggest
Lead:
(DET) 6
(CHA) 6
Fastbreak
Points:
(DET) 10
(CHA) 2
POSTGAME QUOTES
DETROITSHOCK.COM
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Deanna Nolan
  • Points: 17
  • Rebounds: 3
  • Assists: 3
  • Minutes: 34
  • Nolan's Season Statistics
    Shock Head Coach Bill Laimbeer

    “Charlotte is a very patient and well-balanced team. When you play the style of half-court game that they do you have to be more patient than they are. Last year, that was the reason we lost four out of four against them because they were more patient than we were.”

    “By us playing so bad last night it was very important that we won this game, especially without Cheryl Ford in the line-up. Keep in mind that we have the best road record in WNBA and the worst home record in the WNBA. Having said that, I’m pleased that we were able to get the W.”

    Shock Forward Swin Cash

    “Charlotte is a great team. They do a very good job with ball control and offensive rebounding. In order for us to win this game everybody had to contribute and everybody did contribute.”

    “They had our number last season by beating us four straight games, so it was important to win this game and get sole possession of first place.”

    Shock Center Ruth Riley

    “It’s always important to win a game on the road and this was a big win. It’s not just the fact that we won the game but how we won the game. Our bench made a huge contribution and I feel that was one of the big keys to this win.”

    “We really needed this win. This is a team that beat us four straight games last year, so we had to make a statement tonight, especially with this victory giving us sole possession of 1st place.”

    Sting Head Coach Trudi Lacey

    “It was a hard fought game. You have to give Detroit credit. They came in and played. They were without Cheryl Ford and coming off a back-to-back. I thought that we played equally as hard they just made more free throws than we did. They were 19-21 from the free throw line. We had some good looks, but the bottom line is we just didn’t put the ball in the hole.”

    “We stop moving and we stop moving the ball with 10 to 12 seconds on the shot clock which makes us stagnant. We are then trying to create off the dribble, which is not our strength. That’s an area that we must improve in.”

    Sting Forward Allison Feaster

    “I am disappointed that we lost but I think we know what we need to correct. We got out-worked towards the second half. Although Detroit did play a game last night, we didn’t have the energy to fight it out tonight. They capitalized on our turnovers even though we only had 11. They were great transitions and we weren’t getting back. I think all of these things are correctable.”

    “We had great determination and motivation at different points in the game. The stretch in the second half our defense was really nice. We are encouraged though because we know it’s just one game and we are going to come out on Saturday night and go after a win.”

    Sting Guard Andrea Stinson

    “We played tough tonight and it came down to the end. You battle and battle, it goes back and forth with lead changes, and it’s unfortunate to come out without a win.”

    “The motivation is still there. This is a game where we fought and we played hard. We didn’t give up or give in. We didn’t let them run over us. We stayed in this game until the end. There are going to be some games like this where teams fight back and forth and unfortunately someone has to lose.”

    “I just wanted to come out tonight, be me, play basketball, and help my teammates.”