Liberty 66

(1-3, 1-1 away)

Shock 68

(4-0, 3-0 home)

    7:30 PM ET, June 3, 2005

    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

    1 2 3 4 T
    NY 28 26 12 66
    TUL 18 36 14 68

    Top Performers

    New York: S. Christon 11 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Tulsa: D. Nolan 34 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    Nolan comes alive after haltime

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Detroit Shock coach Bill Laimbeer believes Deanna Nolan might be the most talented player in the WNBA.

    This season, she's finally living up to that billing.

    Nolan scored 27 of her franchise-record 34 points after halftime Friday night to lead the unbeaten Shock to a 68-66 overtime victory over the New York Liberty.

    "The team knows and the coaches know that Deanna can be the best player in this league when she wants to play with that level of energy," Laimbeer said. "We still haven't seen a limit to how good she can be."

    The Shock (4-0), coming off a nine-day layoff after playing their first three games in a four-game span, came back from 13 points down to beat the Liberty (1-3) for the second time this season. Detroit won at New York, 78-71 on May 22.

    "I thought we had a terrific effort for about 35 minutes," New York coach Pat Coyle said. "Then we broke down offensively and defensively."

    Nolan, who had Detroit's first triple-double on May 21, broke Sandy Brondello's six-year-old team record of 33 points.

    "We all know that Deanna is the greatest player in this league," Cheryl Ford said. "The only thing that is stopping her is her."

    Crystal Robinson led the Liberty with 13 points.

    New York forced 12 turnovers in the first half on their way to a 28-18 lead. The Liberty extended their lead to 13 at 46-33 with 9:10 remaining before the Shock began their comeback.

    Elaine Powell's three-point play cut Detroit's deficit to 48-43 with 5:07 left, but New York scored the next four points from the free throw line to push their advantage back to nine.

    The Shock rallied again, and Nolan's 3-pointer with 32 seconds left pulled them within 1 at 52-51.

    After Elena Baranova hit two free throws with 29 seconds left, Chandi Jones hit a tying 3-pointer 8 seconds later.

    New York turned the ball over with 2.7 seconds left, but Ruth Riley's shot rolled off the rim as time expired.

    Nolan had seven points in Detroit's 9-2 run to start the extra session.

    "You expect great players to make great plays and she did," Coyle said.

    Hammon's 3-pointer with 11 seconds left cut New York's deficit to 67-64. The Liberty quickly fouled Nolan, who made 1 of 2 free throws to push Detroit's lead to four.

    Hammon made a pair of free throws with 1 second left to close the scoring.

    Nolan's 12 points in the overtime session tied Mwadi Mabika's league record, set for Los Angeles last season.

    "I was just trying to bring us some energy," Nolan said. "The records are great, because now I have to try to break them."

    Chauncey Billups and Carlos Arroyo of the Detroit Pistons and Damon Jones of the Miami Heat attended the game, one day before their teams play in Game 6 of the NBA's Eastern Conference finals.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

      New York Tulsa
    Points 66 68
    FG Made-Attempted 17-52 (.000) 21-62 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-23 (.261) 4-11 (.364)
    FT Made-Attempted 26-32 (.000) 22-33 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-35 12-35
    Assists 10 10
    Turnovers 19 17
    Steals 6 7
    Blocks 5 6
    Fast Break Points 3 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 32 (0/0) 31 (0/0)