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Ford goes for 15 and 18 as Detroit ends skid vs. Fever

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Swin Cash enjoyed helping the Detroit
Shock end a two-game losing streak Friday night.

Still, there was a tinge of regret in her voice after Detroit's
71-63 victory over the Indiana Fever.

The All-Star forward held Indiana's Tamika Catchings scoreless
until the final 2 minutes before seeing her score three meaningless
points. Catchings, selected to the WNBA's All-Decade team earlier
in the week, missed her first nine field-goal attempts.

"She's a fantastic player, and I didn't really think I could
shut her out for the whole game," said Cash, who had 12 points and
eight assists. "I thought I had a chance at the end, though. My
teammates had my back, and I just did everything I could to make it
hard on her."

Catchings sat out the entire second quarter with foul trouble,
but still played 29 minutes.

"She just had a poor game," Indiana coach Brian Winters said.
"She got into foul trouble early, and that's never good. I guess
it got her a little out of whack."

The Fever also had no answer for Detroit's Cheryl Ford, who had
15 points and 18 rebounds, the most by a WNBA player this season.

"Cheryl is a monster on the boards this season," Detroit coach
Bill Laimbeer said. "She's a phenomenal basketball player. It has
been a great development to watch."

Ford is still recovering from a sprained ankle that sidelined
her for two games this month.

"It's still a little sore," she said. "I'm just trying to
play through it."

Detroit (5-4) struggled early before taking control with a 14-4
run late in the third quarter. The Shock outshot Indiana 65 percent
to 28 percent in the period and outrebounded the Fever 13-1.

"We didn't rebound tonight," Winters said. "They won the
battle of the boards pretty decidedly. They were coming off a
couple defeats, and I knew they were going to play better
tonight."

Katie Smith, who joined Catchings on the All-Decade team, added
13 points for Detroit.

"We worked this week on getting back to being a hard-nosed
basketball team, and I think it showed," Laimbeer said.

Tamika Whitmore led Indiana (7-4) with 19 points and former
Shock player Anna DeForge had 15.

"Detroit's a great team on paper," Whitmore said. "When they
get it going, like they did tonight, they are hard to beat, and we
just couldn't find a basket."

Detroit Pistons star Chauncey Billups attended the game.