Fever 63

(7-4, 3-4 away)

Shock 71

(5-4, 3-0 home)

    7:30 PM ET, June 16, 2006

    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

    1 2 3 4 T
    IND 17 15 16 1563
    TUL 17 19 24 1171

    Top Performers

    Indiana: T. Whitmore 19 Pts, 2 Reb, 4 Ast

    Tulsa: C. Ford 15 Pts, 18 Reb, 2 Ast

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

      Indiana Tulsa
    Points 63 71
    FG Made-Attempted 21-62 (.000) 28-68 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-19 (.263) 5-16 (.313)
    FT Made-Attempted 16-18 (.000) 10-14 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 5-27 15-44
    Assists 15 18
    Turnovers 10 15
    Steals 7 1
    Blocks 2 3
    Fast Break Points 2 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (1/0) 21 (1/0)