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Riley, Cash come up big against the Sun

6/22/2003

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) -- Ruth Riley scored seven points in
overtime and Swin Cash added six of her 22 in the extra frame as
the Detroit Shock beat the Connecticut Sun 82-73 Sunday.

Down 36-27 at halftime, the Sun rallied in the second half. They
forced overtime on Rebecca Lobo's 3-pointer with 21.4 seconds left
in regulation.

But the Shock outscored the Sun 18-9 in overtime to pull away
for their sixth straight win and second overtime victory in five
days.

All five Detroit starters scored in double figures. Cash, a
former standout at Connecticut, led the Shock with 22 points.

Rookie Cheryl Ford scored 12 points and pulled down a game-high
21 rebounds, 17 on the defensive end for the Shock. Riley finished
with 16 points and eight rebounds. Elaine Powell scored 16 points
and grabbed six rebounds, and Deanna Nolan added 15 points.

Taj McWilliams-Franklin scored 28 points to lead the Sun.
Nykesha Sales, another former UConn star, had 13 points and five
assists. Brooke Wyckoff had seven points and 12 rebounds. Lobo,
also from UConn, added nine points and six rebounds.

The Shock outscored the Sun 50-32 in the paint and made 22 of 34
free throws.

With the score tied at 18 with 7:37 left in the first half, Sun
coach Mike Thibault was called for a technical foul. Thibault threw
a bottle of powder across the court in frustration following a foul
on Sun forward Courtney Coleman.

Nolan made the free throw, and Ford scored on the ensuing
possession to start an 18-9 run for the Shock that closed the first
half. The Sun fell apart, missing 11 of their final 12 shots of the
first half.

The Sun were 28-for-82 (34.1 percent) from the floor.