Final

Sting 61

 

Shock 71

(9-4, 6-0 home)

    5:00 PM ET, June 25, 2006

    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHA 17 18 16 1061
    TUL 21 5 25 2071

    Top Performers

    Charlotte: T. Sutton-Brown 15 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    Tulsa: D. Nolan 26 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    Second-half rally helps Detroit sting Charlotte at home

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Deanna Nolan has lost the ability to surprise her Detroit Shock teammates.

    Sunday, no one even blinked when Nolan scored 20 points in an 11-minute stretch as the Shock beat the Charlotte Sting 71-61.

    "She could do that every night," said Cheryl Ford. "The only thing that stops Deanna is Deanna."

    Detroit coach Bill Laimbeer called his All-Star "unguardable," and Nolan wasn't about to argue.

    "When I get going, all I'm thinking about is getting to the basket and scoring," she said. "I'm not even thinking about my defender."

    Detroit (9-4) trailed by as many as nine points before rallying for its fifth straight win, a streak that started in Charlotte. The Sting (2-13) have lost seven straight.

    The Shock are now 6-0 at home this year, while Charlotte is 0-5 on the road.

    "It has become an Achilles' heel that we're not able to finish ballgames," Bogues said. "We did everything we wanted to do. We just weren't able to sustain it."

    Nolan matched Ruth Riley's team record of 20 points in a half, and finished with 26. Swin Cash and Ford scored 13 each for Detroit, and Ford added a WNBA season-high 18 rebounds for the second time in nine days.

    "Don't forget to give Cheryl some credit for this win," Laimbeer said. "She's been unstoppable on the boards."

    Tammy Sutton-Brown led the Sting with 15 points before leaving in the final minute after getting hit in an already-infected ear during a collision with Ford and a teammate. She said she was fine after the game.

    One day after scoring a season-best 92 points in a win over Washington, Detroit had one of its worst offensive performances, scoring five points in the second quarter on 2-for-16 shooting.

    "I told the ladies that was embarrassing," Laimbeer said. "We didn't play with the intensity required in this league."

    That let Charlotte build a 35-26 halftime lead, but the Shock came back to take a 42-40 lead on Nolan's 3-pointer late in the third. The game was tied at 51 at period's end, thanks to Detroit's biggest third quarter of the season.

    "We came out real flat in the third," Sutton-Brown said. "That has been one of our downfalls this season."

    The Shock scored the first 10 points of the fourth -- seven from Nolan -- and pulled away for the victory.

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    Team Stat Comparison

      Charlotte Tulsa
    Points 61 71
    FG Made-Attempted 21-63 (.000) 24-60 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-16 (.375) 4-12 (.333)
    FT Made-Attempted 13-18 (.000) 19-24 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-28 12-44
    Assists 13 13
    Turnovers 16 21
    Steals 13 8
    Blocks 4 3
    Fast Break Points 14 13
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 19 (0/0)