Shock Beats Rockers 74-71
Jul. 22, 2003
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) _ Cheryl Ford had 14 points, including six in the final four minutes, and added 14 rebounds as the Detroit Shock beat the Cleveland Rockers 74-71 Tuesday afternoon.
The win extended Detroit's winning streak to four games and increased its Eastern Conference lead to three games over Charlotte. The Shock and Sting play Thursday afternoon in Charlotte.
Swin Cash and Ruth Riley also had 14 for Detroit, which had five players in double figures. LaToya Thomas led Cleveland with 17, while Chasity Melvin added 15 points and nine rebounds.
Detroit led 39-34 at the half and expanded the margin to nine early in the second.
But Cleveland went on a 17-6 run to take the lead and had a 60-54 lead with 9:25 left.
Detroit came back to tie the game at 67 on Ford's put-back with 2:56 left. A Ford jumper and a Cash free throw put the Shock up three, and after Melvin split a pair of free throws, two Cash layups seemed to put the game away.
But Melvin hit a 3-pointer to make it 74-71 and Elaine Powell missed two free throws to give Cleveland a last chance to tie.
Lennox missed a long 3-pointer and Deanna Nolan won the ensuing jump ball to clinch the game.
NOTES: The game started at 11 a.m. as a promotion to bring in kids from day camps. ... Cleveland coach Dan Hughes and Thomas each picked up first-half technicals for arguing calls. ... The Shock are 6-4 against Cleveland on the road, but just 4-5 at home. ... Cleveland fell to sixth in the East, but trail the Shock by just five games. ... Detroit swept the home-and-home series, winning the games by a combined four points.