Shock Drop Second Game of the Season to the Lynx
The Shock was led by Elizabeth Cambage's second consecutive double-double to begin her WNBA career as she finished with 16 points, 15 rebounds, two steals and two blocks on 5-of-14 shooting from the field. With her second double-double in as many games, Cambage joined Ruthi Bolton (1997), Lisa Leslie (1997), Susie McConnell Seri (1998), Sophia Young (1998) and Tina Charles (2010) as the only players in WNBA history to begin their careers with two consecutive double-doubles.
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"I love this kid," said Head Coach Nolan Richardson about Cambage. "This kid has a chance to be one of the bright stars of the WNBA. The way that she's taking punishment at times, and she just keeps fighting back. She's 19 years old. To me, she's going to be incredible by the time she reaches 22, she's going to be a monster. They're going to have a hard time dealing with her."
Maya Moore, the only player taken before Cambage in the 2011 WNBA Draft, finished with seven points and seven rebounds on 2-of-10 shooting while the Lynx were led by Rebekkah Brunson's 17 points and 15 rebounds on 6-of-9 shooting from the field. Despite shooting the ball extremely well in the first quarter, Minnesota cooled off significantly, finishing the game shooting 37.3 percent (25-of-67). The Shock opened the game shooting 1-for-12 before finishing the game shooting 33.8 percent (23-of-68).
"Probably just starting well," said Cambage on what the needs to do to improve. "It was like this with my old team back in Australia. We didn't start playing well until we were down by a fair bit, so just coming out and just being focused and ready to play."
After Coach Nolan Richardson's pre-game emphasis on taking care of the ball, the Shock committed only 11 turnovers in the game, a completely different level than the 28 commited in the season opener against San Antonio. However, the Shock were minus-nine on the glass (44-35) and gave up 10 offensive rebounds, including five to Brunson.
Andrea Riley played in her first game of the season after having a baby in the off-season, scoring 10 points off the bench. Ivory Latta was the third Shock player in double-figures with 11 points.
"It felt good, coming back, but we've got to start off and continue like that," Latta said. "We just have to start off from the get, just play hard, stay focused and just stick with our game plan and not always get into what the other team is doing. Most likely, just go out there and play our game. That's it."
The Shock's home opener is this Friday June 10th versus the San Antonio Silver Stars.
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