Shock Fall to the Silver Stars in 2011 Opener
In her regular season WNBA debut, Elizabeth Cambage led the Shock with an impressive 18 points and 10 rebounds, two steals and a block while going 12-of-14 from the free throw line. Ivory Latta chipped in with 15 points but combined for 13 turnovers with Cambage.
"I think we started off very well, last year weren't a good starting team," Latta said. "Pretty much as Coach said, it was turnovers. Me, as the point guard here, I definitely blame myself for that. I had seven which is definitely unacceptable and that will change next game. I think second half we did a better job staying focused and doing what we do best and that's running."
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The Shock fell down 27-12 at the end of the first quarter and were down 51-26 at halftime before cutting the deficit by 10, 70-55 by the end of the third quarter. But San Antonio's outside shooting prevailed as the Silver stars secured a 20-point victory in the final quarter led by 20 points from Sophia Young and 18 from Becky Hammon.
"We didn't play very well, particularly in the first half," Head Coach Nolan Richardson said. The thing that is hurting us quite a bit is the turnovers. We had a total of 28 but we had a lot of turnovers and many of them unforced. We're just not taking care of the ball and not being as sharp at this time of the year."
As a team, the Shock shot just 37.7 percent (23-of-61) while allowing the Silver Stars to shoot 55.2 percent (37-67) including 41.7 percent from three (10-of-24). Led by Cambage, the Shock attempted 27 free throws to just 12 by San Antonio while also out-rebounding the Silver Stars 40-to-23.
"I was impressed with us going to the boards," Richardson said. "We had a total of 40 (rebounds), which we don't normally get that many. Of course they didn't miss that many shots either so there were not a lot of rebounds for them to get."
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In her return to the WNBA, Sheryl Swoopes had five points, two rebound and two assists in 13 minutes.
Seventh overall pick Kayla Pedersen started the game alongside Cambage, TIffany Jackson (nine points, nine rebounds), Amber Holt and Latta and recorded four points and four rebounds in 19 minutes. Fellow Rookies Miranda Ayim and Chastity Reed also scored their first career WNBA baskets as they had four and two points respectively.
"Like Ivory said, I think we had a really good start but it's just the turnovers," Cambage said. "We've got to get those down. I know I had a lot of travels and just missing the passes. I just need to keep my hands up and get the ball."
The Shock travel to Minnesta next to take on the Lynx on Tuesday June 7th at 7 p.m. (CST).