Monday, July 12, 2004 at The Palace of Auburn Hills

Detroit Shock 51, Sacramento Monarchs 67

Recap | Box Score
July 12th, 2004
The Palace of Auburn Hills
Shock 51, Monarchs 67
Points:(DET) 2 tied, 11
(SAC) R. Bolton, 11
Rebounds:(DET) D. Nolan, 10
(SAC) C. Anderson, 7
Assists:(DET) D. Nolan, 4
(SAC) T. Penicheiro, 5
Blocks:(DET) 2 tied, 2
(SAC) 4 tied, 2
Steals:(DET) D. Nolan, 3
(SAC) 4 tied, 3
Turnovers:(DET) D. Nolan, 6
(SAC) 3 tied, 3
Biggest
Lead:
(DET) 8
(SAC) 18
Fastbreak
Points:
(DET) 10
(SAC) 4
POSTGAME QUOTES
DETROITSHOCK.COM
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Deanna Nolan
  • Points: 11
  • Rebounds: 10
  • Assists: 4
  • Minutes: 35
  • Nolan's Season Statistics
    Shock Head Coach Bill Laimbeer

    “Sacramento played great. They played a very good basketball game. It is disappointing that we started the game with the energy we needed and we didn’t do what I asked them to do. It gave them (Sacramento) all the confidence in the world and they took advantage of it. We told them that this is a very fine offensive rebounding team and they must keep them off the glass. We told them before the game that this is a team that creates turnovers and you need to take care of the ball. We also told them that we needed to get into our offensive set early because they play good defense and we walked through everything. So, those are the three things we asked them to do before the start of the game and it didn’t happen.”

    “If you look at the body language of their team and the body language of our team, they are two different teams. They were into the game and they wanted to win this game very badly. Maybe we felt that we played a couple of good games and we are back and we just have to go through the motions, but that’s not how this works.”

    “Once they got their confidence they played very good defense. They smelled that they could win the basketball game and they smelled that we weren’t ready to play and they took it to us. We had control of the game at the start and I thought we could have built a very substantial lead except for the turnovers and the offensive rebounds.”

    Shock Forward Swin Cash

    “I have to give a lot of credit to Sacramento. They played great defense and just wanted it more than we did. They came out there and beat us in forty minutes.”

    “Its frustrating because you always want to protect home and for some reason we take two steps forward and end up taking four steps back. Eventually were hoping sooner than later we get that we have to protect home and win games.”

    “This is very disappointing for our team as a whole to have a team come in after a back-to-back and a overtime game in the night beforehand and for us not to step up to the challenge.”

    Shock Guard Deanna Nolan

    “In the first half we had a little breakdown towards the end which put them up four at the half, but then in the second half I think they came out more aggressive. They wanted it more. They were pressuring up and denying everything so that took us out of our plays and I think that is what caused a lot of our turnovers and that is just not being patient.”

    About losing another home game:
    “We are trying to protect our home turf. That is going to be big for us in playoffs.”

    Monarchs Head Coach John Whisenant

    “Its much more fun to talk to you guys than last night when we lost in overtime and we blew that one. We had a tough road trip, we played pretty well, and tonight we were able to maintain it with a very good team. We’re happy. Defensively we bothered them I thought. We kept them on edge, that’s the key to our success. Create turnovers and get steals—that’s our game. That’s how we take advantage of some of our strengths and cover and some of our weaknesses.”

    On three of their reserves scoring in double figures:
    “Yes that is unusual, certainly the first time its happened this year. But Kara Lawson of course is really a starter. Chantelle (Anderson) and Rebekkah (Brunson), a rookie and last year’s rookie—that was a good game for both of them. They’ve had a couple of double figure games, but I’m really happy.”

    On being able to not wear out in the second half:
    “We told our people that that is why we have depth and that is why we have all of our players. We believe in using all of our players. With our defensive system its not like running a marathon, its like running a sprint. So we have to substitute a lot or we run our of air.”

    Monarchs Guard Ruthie Bolton

    On how she feels about her jump shot:
    “Actually, even though we lost that fight to Minnesota, I felt like I was in a little bit of a rhythm last night too. I sort of wanted to pick up where I left off. I know the team and that we struggle offensively. I know that when I come in the game I’m trying to bring a spark both offensively and defensively.”

    On the Monarchs bench:
    “That’s one thing about our team, we do have a deep bench. In the games that we (the bench) have contributed a great deal, we’ve done well. And that’s important for us because with the type of defensive we play—with a lot of intensity—everybody is going to get a chance to play. We just said we have to come in and help make a difference and give us a chance to win.”

    On whether the overtime lose affected them:
    “It did and after that we didn’t want to make any excuses before the game. We knew we had to come out and play hard. When you lose a game you feel like you can win, it somewhat sucks the air out of you. We just wanted to come out tonight and give it all we had and take some momentum into our next game.”