I came home from work last night, upset that I had forgotten to TiVo game one of the WNBA Finals between the Sacramento Monarchs and Detroit Shock. My displeasure quickly faded when I went to the Shock website to check the score: SAC 95 DET 71.
A 24-point beat down on our home court, The Palace of Auburn Hills. A huge disappointment after watching Detroit beat back Connecticut on the Sun's home court to get to The Finals. Now, just like the Pistons did in their NBA Eastern Conference Finals series with Miami earlier this year, the Shock have handed home court advantage to the Monarchs and created for themselves and uphill battle.
I took a look at the box score and came to the conclusion that it was a 5-on-3 game because of Detroit's starting five, Swin Cash and Ruth Riley didn't show up. Coming off of a stellar 16-point game three performance against Connecticut, Cash went scoreless against Sacramento last night. Riley scored just two points and grabbed not a single rebound. Not good for a center. I realize Cheryl Ford is the queen of rebounding for the Shock, but come on Ruth!
The Monarchs were the true queens at The Palace last night. The headline in this morning's Detroit Free Press reads, "Shock caught napping." I hope head coach Bill Laimbeer and assistant Rick Mahorn, both members the Detroit Pistons from the Bad Boys championship days, can light a fire under the ladies to wake them up for Game Two.
Oh, Good Evening!