"Shock Olympians Ruth Riley and Swin Cash"
This being an Olympic year, the season was split into two. Shock stars Ruth Riley and Swin Cash added some more jewerly this summer, taking Olympic GOLD at Athens to go along with their WNBA Championship rings. The second half of the season saw J-Bet and I pile into the BBALLR express and roll to the Palace to check out the defending champs as they squared off against the up and coming Phoniex Mercury led by a pair of Olympic medal winners, Diana Taurasi (gold with the U.S.) and Penny Taylor (silver with Australia) and by a pair of ex-Shock players (Anna DeForge, and Jae (Kingi) Cross. Here's how the game went down:
"Taurasi shoots over Elaine Powell"
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Sept. 1 (Ticker) -- One gold medalist for the Phoenix Mercury was better than two for the Detroit Shock.
Anna DeForge and Plenette Pierson had 16 points apiece for the Mercury while Diana Taurasi chipped in with 14 points, six rebounds and three steals in a 63-58 triumph over the Shock.
"Taurasi passes to DeForge for a trey"
The game featured four medalists from the Olympics, Detroit's Swin Cash, Ruth Riley and Taurasi, who all won gold for the United States. Phoenix guard Penny Taylor captured a silver medal playing for Australia.
Phoenix jumped out to a 12-5 lead and pushed its advantage to 13 in the second half but needed to hold on late against the defending WNBA champs.
Leading 54-53 with just under two minutes to play, DeForge hit a huge 3-pointer that put away Detroit.
"Diane starts the offense"
Deanna Nolan led Detroit with 20 points and Cash added 14 points and eight rebounds.
Riley did not play in the second half after suffering a bone bruise on her right elbow.
The Shock took it on the chin dropping their overall record to 13-15 and reducing their chances of repeating as WNBA champs considerably. That said, J-Dog and I had a great time watching shoe-in rookie of the year Diana Taurasi from our seats in row A of section 113, right behind the visitor's bench. Oh, and the movie (Malibu's Most Wanted) on the flight over from Kazoo was pretty good too!
"J-Bet (aka J-Dog) unhappy about a Shock loss"