Last Team Standing
The Detroit Shock are the WNBA's last undefeated team in 2007, overcoming a horrendous start to hand the New York Liberty a 67-57 loss, their first of the season.
Deanna Nolan led the Shock with 17 points, Swin Cash added 14 and Cheryl Ford had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. The Shock are now 5-0 for the first time in franchise history after 4-1 starts in 2003 and 2005.
The Liberty (5-1) knocked off the Indiana Fever on Tuesday in the league's first-ever matchup of undefeated teams with at least three wins, making Friday's showdown – which had a combined nine wins between them – even more unprecedented.
The Shock hardly looked up to the challenge in the first quarter, turning the ball over eight times as the Liberty took a 19-12 lead. It was the Shock's lowest-scoring quarter of the season. The Liberty made 4-of-5 from 3-point range at the start, but only two of their final 15 attempts over the next three quarters.
The Shock sharpened up their act in the second quarter, committing only one turnover and turning up the defensive intensity. The Shock’s leading scorer this season, Plenette Pierson, set the tone with four blocks in the first half, tying the team record. Pierson also scored 13 points.
Center Catherine Kraayeveld scored eight points and guard Erin Thorn added six for New York in the first quarter, but they combined for seven points the rest of the game. The Liberty were outscored 20-8 in the game-turning second quarter. Kraayeveld finished with 13, and Shameka Christon had a team-high 18 points.
With a 33-27 halftime lead, the Shock opened their arsenal up in the second half, pushing their lead to as many as 18 points. Nolan and Pierson were the only players with more than one field goal until midway through the third quarter. Nolan was 7-of-12 from the field, including 3-of-5 from long range, constituting all of the Shock’s points from beyond the arc.
The Shock's current winning streak stretches to seven games dating back to last year’s WNBA Finals. They have a meeting with East's top team in 2006, the Connecticut Sun, on Sunday.