By Vince Prygoski
It used to be a really "Shock"ing turnaround! From the worst checklist within the league to WNBA champions in basketball … this was once the historical past making success of the 2003 Detroit surprise. Led via nice avid gamers like Swin funds, Ruth Riley, Deanna Nolan and Cheryl Ford, and coached through Detroit Piston legend invoice Laimbeer, the surprise knocked off the protecting champions from la in an exciting 3 video game championship ultimate. This ebook tells the complete historical past of the surprise via their 2003 season, and likewise contains basic history info on women's basketball. concerning the writer: Vince Prygoski grew up in Wyandotte, Michigan, then attended crucial Michigan collage and the college of Michigan. he's at present a librarian on the collage of Michigan-Flint.
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Loss number 13 came at the hands of the Miami Sol and was particularly difficult, as the Shock won the free throw and rebounding battles only to lose the war. Detroit’s final game in June was also the last of a four game home stand. The Shock wanted nothing more at this time than to beat Sacramento and give the hometown fans something to cheer about at last. 41 Vince Prygoski The Palace crowd was silenced early as the Monarchs shot out to a 20-4 lead. It was then that the future of the Detroit Shock began to assert itself.
Detroit’s other draft picks included Kara Lawson from the University of Tennessee and Syreeta Bromfield from Michigan State. A flurry of trades took place in late April. Dominique Canty went to Houston in exchange for Allison Curtin. Edwina Brown and Lenae Williams were swapped to Phoenix for Telisha Quarles and 46 Worst to First Petra Ujhelyi. Finally, draft choice Kara Lawson’s tenure with the Shock proved short lived as she was sent to Sacramento for Kedra Holland-Corn. Quarles would be released prior to the season, Curtin would miss the season with an injury, Ujhelyi saw some action but also spent some time on the injured list.
It was another setback for the Shock, who faced the New York Liberty in their next game. More than 13,000 fans made it to the Palace to root their team on to victory. The New Yorkers had other ideas, and the Detroit faithful were left heartbroken in the wake of an 80-67 loss. Detroit’s defense had no answer to the New York attack, as the visitors shot 57 percent from the field. In Sacramento, the story was the lack of offensive production 36 Worst to First by the Shock. Detroit managed only 30 percent from the field, and suffered another defeat at the hands of the Monarchs.
Worst to First: Or a 'Shock'ing Tale of Women's Basketball in Motown by Vince Prygoski