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>>caption: NOLAN HOOPED FOR 19-P<<
@ PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS:
The late season playoff push continued Sunday
evening for the defending WNBA Champion Shock,
who defeated Chicago 84-75 in Auburn Hills.
The Shock's fifth consecutive home court win
was their third in a row overall and the seventh W
in Detroit's last eight games. It put the Shock above
the .500-mark for the first time this year at 16-15 with three regular season games remaining.
Third place Detroit is a half game behind Atlanta in the Eastern Conference.
The Sky fell to 15-17.
The Shock converted 30-P off 21 Chicago turnovers and outscored the visitors
27-17 in the decisive 4th-Qtr after opening the final frame on an 11-4 run.
Deanna Nolan had game-highs of both 19-P and 8-RB to lead five Shock players who
scored in double figures. Kara Braxton had 17-P, Shavonte Zellous 16-P, Cheryl Ford
13-P and Taj McWilliams 10-P.
Candice Dupree and Shyra Ely each scored 18-P for the Sky and Jia Perkins added
SHOCK H-COACH RICK MAHORN: "Defense makes offense and if you can get some
turnovers and use that to your advantage, it helps that you don’t have to run down
and set up a play...Chicago’s one of those teams that kind of puts you to sleep a little
bit, the next thing you know they’re in the game and we’re in a dogfight.”
SHOCK GD DEANNA NOLAN: "Even if we don’t score, we make it a point they don’t
score. We’ve got to do a better job of rebounding but we are digging them out and
really pushing the ball and just going at them...If you really think about it we really
only lost three or four games that a team actually beat us. We were beating ourselves
so we knew what we had to do the second half of the season to turn it around.”
SKY CEN CANDICE DUPREE: "They got 47 points off our turnovers and second-chance
points - that's something we have to fix. We've got to be aggressive and we've got
to pick it up on defense.''
Katie Smith of the Shock missed her fourth straight game due to back pain.
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