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
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.