7:30 PM ET, June 24, 2003
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- The Detroit Shock got off to the WNBA's best start with a run-and-gun offense that blew opponents off the floor.On night Tuesday, they proved they can win games with defense, too.The Shock held the Indiana Fever scoreless for a six-minute stretch in the second half and went on to win a franchise-record seventh game in a row, 68-60."A lot of people think that all we can do is run up and down the court," said Swin Cash, who scored 21 points. "We know that we can grind games out -- our defense is something we work on every day in practice."Deanna Nolan added a career-high 21 points as Detroit (7-1) broke ist record of six straight wins in 1998."I knew in the second half that someone needed to step up, because. They were really coming at us," Nolan said. "I wanted to be more aggressive with my shot as well as helping shut them down on defense."The Fever (5-5) are now 1-5 on the road."I thought we came out flat -- that's something that has been happening to us this year," Indiana coach Nell Fortner said. "We've got to figure out how to stop that, especially on the road."Cash added six rebounds and six assists, but also had a team-record eight turnovers."She played a very good game, and those turnovers came from trying to make things happen," Shock coach Bill Laimbeer said. "I don't like the turnovers, but I'll take them if we get everything else she gives us."Tamika Catchings led Indiana with 17 points, while Natalie Williams had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Indiana, but also tied a team record with eight turnovers.Indiana led 33-32 at the half, aided by 11 points and eight rebounds from Williams.Kristen Rasmussen scored the first basket of the second half to give the Fever a three-point lead. But Detroit scored the next nine points -- five by Nolan and four by Cash -- to go up 41-35.Detroit led by as many as eight point, but the Fever fought back within 50-47 midway through the half.Catchings scored five straight points to tie the game at 52 with 7:39 to go, but the Fever didn't get another basket until Stephanie White's layup with 46 seconds left."They started double-teaming and we just couldn't find the open player," Williams said. "We did the job defensively, but we just had too many turnovers."
Shock coach Bill Laimbeer appeared on ESPN's Pardon The Interruption on Tuesday afternoon. ... Cash had six turnovers in the first half. ... The crowd of 3,532 was just 217 more than the smallest crowd in team history, set June 9, 2002 against New York. ... The teams combined for 46 turnovers, including a season-high 25 by Indiana.
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||23-61 (.000)||23-50 (.000)|
|3P Made-Attempted||7-14 (.500)||1-11 (.091)|
|FT Made-Attempted||7-10 (.000)||21-26 (.000)|
|Fast Break Points||2||6|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||18 (0/0)||12 (0/0)|