Thursday, July 15, 2004 at Toyota Center

Detroit Shock 61, Houston Comets 97

Recap | Box Score
July 15th, 2004
Toyota Center
Shock 61, Houston 97
Points:(DET) D. Nolan, 16
(HOU) T> Thompson, 33
Rebounds:(DET) C. Ford, 8
(HOU) M. Snow, 9
Assists:(DET) S. Cash, 4
(HOU) F. Ragland, 5
Blocks:(DET) R. Riley, 3
(HOU) F. Ragland, 1
Steals:(DET) S. Cash, 2
(HOU) D. Canty, 6
Turnovers:(DET) S. Cash, 6
(HOU) T. Thompson, 3
Biggest
Lead:
(DET) 3
(HOU) 42
Fastbreak
Points:
(DET) 6
(HOU) 13
POSTGAME QUOTES
DETROITSHOCK.COM
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Tina Thompson
  • Points: 33
  • Rebounds: 6
  • Steals: 1
  • Minutes: 30
  • Thompson's Season Statistics
    Shock Head Coach Bill Laimbeer

    On the game:
    “We got beat. There’s no question at that. I think we lost by 36 points, so we got beat. We knew they were gonna play well. They lost five games in a row. It was imperative they get a win anyway they could. They wanted this game more than we did and it showed."

    On whether the last game motivated the Comets tonight:
    “I’m sure it did. We talked about that too. There’s no surprise(s)s of what was going to happen or how hard they’d play. It was a matter of whether we came to play or not and we obviously did not.”

    On what made the difference tonight:
    “Effort. Cohesiveness. Chemistry. Right now we’re struggling on all of those and it’s showing. That’s two consecutive games of 25 turnovers and we’ve been getting out rebounded consistently.”

    Shock Guard Chandi Jones

    On the game:
    “We’ve been on a roller coaster ride. We’re playing well one day and not the next. It’s basically within ourselves. Just fighting ourselves, not really listening to the coaches or each other. This is the lowest point of our season to lose like that. We had a long team meeting and I think it’ll be a different story tomorrow.”

    On returning home:
    “This is great. When the WNBA first started I grew up watching the Comets and always wanted to play here or in the WNBA, so just to be out there on the court in my home city is great for me.”

    Shock Guard Deanna Nolan

    On the game:
    “It was our fault. We started out with the energy and intensity, and then when they went up 9, 10, 12 points, we just gave up at the beginning of the game already. That was one of our biggest things, just giving up. We have to take pride in each other and ourselves and believe in each other. Another thing is that we’re turning it over and they were capitalizing on our turnovers. The first time we beat them by 16 or 19, and that was the first time that we beat them, and we knew that they were going to come in here on their home court and play us hard and aggressive. From there, they had us back on our heals.”

    On playing tomorrow:
    “We got a whole new day tomorrow. We play again tomorrow and we have to redeem ourselves.”

    Comets Head Coach Van Chancellor

    On the game:
    “I can’t tell you how good that felt for our team tonight. We were talking and said we were going to try and retire Cynthia Cooper’s number again Saturday night. Was that an exciting night to (retire her number)? And I felt proud for her. I’m really proud of our team. We’ve just gone through so much and it’s taken Tina (Thompson) awhile. We go out there tonight and I said, ‘We just got another bad break.’ Sheryl’s (Swoopes) foot was hurting so bad she could hardly even walk on it and our team just played unbelievable. Tina (Thompson) had one of those nights that you dream about as a coach. I thought our guards in (Sheila) Lambert, (Felicia) Ragland and (Dominique) Canty played the best they have played all year. Where has that offense been all year? I can’t answer that.”

    On whether he expected an outcome like that tonight:
    “Not in my wildest dreams. We were just hoping we could sneak out with a win and maybe go on a little winning streak. We just played great tonight and it looked like to me like the old Comets.”

    On when the decision was made not to start Sheryl Swoopes:
    “When we went out on the floor, we thought everything was fine. We came back in and she went into the trainer’s room and was in terrific pain. She came back out and tried to walk on it and was in pain again and she said, ‘I don’t think I can go.’ I asked her if she wanted to try or not just start and she said she was hurting so bad she thought she’d hurt the team, so we sat her down. Then we went to a zone, they hit two 3-balls before you could turn around and so much for that zone idea. We switched, got red hot and played about as good as I’ve seen us play since 2000.”

    On the play of the team:
    “We played hard tonight. What happens is when you can’t score, you lose your enthusiasm, you don’t play as hard on defense, you don’t rebound as well, so when we begin to just shoot the ball well, it just turns and we play better everywhere. The best team defense we’ve played in a long time. We got the ball from one side to the other instead of just holding the ball and standing around. The most impressive thing about the whole game was that there was no preparation for this game. When you back yourself into a hole like we did, you have to play every night. We’ve got no choice, we have to make plays.”

    On how important this win was:
    “How big is big? How big is Shaquille O’Neal? Didn’t he describe himself in Miami (after being traded to the Heat) as ‘The BIG’? B-I-G big? Well, this is Shaquille O’Neal Big, it’s as big as that. I thought we’d get a win, but to play like this is unbelievable.”

    Comets Guard Sheila Lambert

    On the game:
    ”Everybody played together. Everybody played with a lot of confidence. It always feels good when you play like that.”

    On what the consistent play over 40 minutes means for the team:
    “It meant that we can do it every day, every game. We have not been playing with that during the season. We will play for 20 minutes, sometimes too late. We will play hard (for) the first 20 minutes, play soft the second 20 minutes. We just wanted to get out there and be consistent. My word of this year is consistency. With myself personally. But as a team, consistency is what we need.”

    Comets Forward Tina Thompson

    On the reason for starting the game so well:
    “They let us take shots. I know (that) for a couple of my 1st three-pointers I made, maybe one of them was contested. The other two I was getting a good look at the basket. I think that had a little bit to do with it. Other than that, everything was pretty much the same when we hit big shots, and the fact that the other guards as well as Michelle (Snow) and Tiffani (Johnson) were being a threat offensively. It allowed us to keep the floor really opened. We did some really good things tonight.”

    On the play of the Comets’ guards:
    “Sheila (Lambert), Kedra (Holland-Corn), Dominique (Canty) and Felicia (Ragland) were in the passing lane unbelievably. I think Felicia (Ragland) got us started off; she was in the passing lane, she was so aggressive defensively, they (Detroit) didn’t know what to do. I think those early runs and being really aggressive in the beginning allowed us to flourish in the end.”

    Comets Center Michelle Snow

    On the game:
    “Our team finally played everything together. I thought we played like a team for forty minutes on both ends of the floor, and that’s exciting, fun, basketball. I think not only did we enjoy (it), but the fans, they loved it. And to score 97 points, that proves we are playing on both ends of the floor.”