These pages are dedicated to promoting the WNBA. "I LOVE this game!" I plan to stick anything and everything on these pages and hope that after viewing them you "too" will be converted to a WNBA hoop-a-holic like me! My favorite WNBA team is none other than the soon to be world champions, the DEEEEEEETROIT SHHHHHHHOOOOOOCKKKKK!!! Or, Detroit Shock for those of you who are slightly less emotional than I am. My favorite player is the Shock's all world, all universe guard Korie Hlede. I saw her play in person 3 times last year and, TRUST ME, nobody in the WNBA does it better than Korie!! She is SHAAAWING. She can rain threes, pull boards, and drop dimes. She's the total package (and looks too), she's a PTPer, she's AWESOME BABY!!! But don't take my word for it. Contact the Shock, go to The Palace, and experience the WNBA for yourself!
"Backcourt tandem Brondello and Hlede, with power forward Cindy Brown."
The first game I ever attended was between the Phoenix Mercury and the Detroit Shock on 7/8/98. I took my wife, daughter, and my daughter's friend Nicole. It was excitement from start to finish. Highlights included an amazing layup by Korie Hlede, a super go ahead jump shot by Sandy Bondello with 5.7 seconds remaining, and then watching coach Cheryl Miller tackle Jennifer Gillom after Jen sunk the game winning 3 pointer with no time left on the clock. I also enjoyed the chance to meet Mercury stars Michele Timms and Briget Pettis after the game. All told, we left Kalamazoo at 3:00 PM and arrived home at 1:30 AM.
"Mercury point guard and team leader Michele Timms alongside her backcourt teammate, Mercury shooting guard and second leading scorer Bridget Pettis."
The second game I attended was between the Defending WNBA Champion Houston Comets and the Detroit Shock on 8/7/98. I took my wife, son, and daughter. Again, it was a very energetic and exciting game from start to finish. Highlights included 34 points from League MVP Cynthia Cooper, and another nail biting finish. Before the game Alex and Lauren camped out at the visitors lockerroom entrance and were able to get Cooper's autograph along with her backcourt mate Kim Perrot. Later that evening they met and were able to get autographs from six different Shock players including former Harlem Globtrotter, Lynette Woodard.
"Woodard drives to the basket."
The Shock are coached by Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame coach Nancy Lieberman-Cline. The 39-year old Lieberman-Cline was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996. She concluded her professional playing career in 1997, playing 25 regular season games for the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury in the league's inaugural season. She played professionally in three other leagues, including the WABA, where she led the Dallas Diamonds to a league championship in 1984 as their top scorer. She played collegiately at Old Dominion University, whom she led to two AIAW national championships ('79, '80) while earning All-America kudos for three straight seasons (1978-80). She represented the United States on Olympic Teams, two World Championship teams and two Pan-American Games teams, becoming, at age 18, the youngest basketball player in Olympic history to win a medal, getting a silver in 1976 at Montreal. Lieberman-Cline has an extensive broadcasting background, working for 17 years as a color analyst for nearly every major network, including ESPN, for whom she currently works on college basketball broadcasts. She runs her own sports marketing company as well, Events Marketing, Inc., which is based in Dallas.
"Coach and General Manager Nancy Lieberman-Cline of the Detroit Shock."
"Alex with Sandy Brondello"
Kathy, Lauren, Alex and I took our third and final trip to The Palace of Auburn Hills on August 19th to see the Shock play their final game of the season against the New York Liberty. It was an exciting game from start to finish. Lynette Woodard had season highs in scoring (18) and rebounds (9) as the Shock crushed the Liberty 82-68 before a crowd of 16,246. Sandy Brondello led the Shock with 24 points. All the Shock players stayed after the game and signed autographs. The last player signed the last autograph at 11:06 when Lynette Woodard autographed a picture for Alex, then turned, waved at the remaining crowd and took the long walk down the hall and into the team dressing room. What a GREAT inagural season.