2003 Detroit Shock season

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2003 Detroit Shock season
Coach Bill Laimbeer
Arena The Palace of Auburn Hills
Attendance 7,862 per game
Results
Record 25–9 (.735)
Place 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finish Won WNBA Finals

The 2003 WNBA season was the 6th for the Detroit Shock. The Shock won the WNBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. This season was better known as, "From Worst To First".

Offseason[edit]

Dispersal Draft[edit]

Pick Player Nationality Team Previous WNBA Team
1 Terris Hightower (C)  United States Detroit Shock (from Duke)

WNBA Draft[edit]

Cheryl Ford (daughter of NBA great Karl Malone) helped the Detroit Shock win a WNBA Championship in her first season.

Pick Player Nationality School
3rd Cheryl Ford
5th Kara Lawson
28th Syreeta Bromfield

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Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Eastern Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
Detroit Shock x 25 9 .735 13–4 12–5 18–6
Charlotte Sting x 18 16 .529 7.0 13–4 5–12 12–12
Connecticut Sun x 18 16 .529 7.0 10–7 8–9 11–13
Cleveland Rockers x 17 17 .500 8.0 11–6 6–11 13–11
Indiana Fever o 16 18 .471 9.0 11–6 5–12 12–12
New York Liberty o 16 18 .471 9.0 11–6 5–12 11–13
Washington Mystics o 9 25 .265 16.0 3–14 6–11 7–17

Season Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Score Result Record
May 31 Charlotte 67-70 Loss 0-1
June 5 Connecticut 103-89 Win 1-1
June 7 @ San Antonio 74-55 Win 2-1
June 14 @ Washington 93-56 Win 3-1
June 17 Los Angeles 87-78 (OT) Win 4-1
June 20 New York 88-83 Win 5-1
June 22 @ Connecticut 82-73 (OT) Win 6-1
June 24 Indiana 68-60 Win 7-1
June 27 @ New York 75-69 Win 8-1
June 28 Phoenix 65-68 Loss 8-2
July 1 San Antonio 99-88 Win 9-2
July 3 Charlotte 79-92 Loss 9-3
July 6 @ Indiana 54-85 Loss 9-4
July 8 Connecticut 66-50 Win 10-4
July 8 @ Charlotte 58-65 Loss 10-5
July 16 @ Indiana 70-68 Win 11-5
July 18 Seattle 74-61 Win 12-5
July 19 @ Cleveland 58-57 Win 13-5
July 22 Cleveland 74-71 Win 14-5
July 24 @ Charlotte 61-67 Loss 14-6
July 27 Washington 81-71 Win 15-6
July 29 @ Cleveland 77-65 Win 16-6
Aug 1 @ New York 62-60 Win 17-6
Aug 2 Indiana 78-58 Win 18-6
Aug 5 @ Connecticut 78-61 Win 19-6
Aug 6 @ Washington 81-92 Loss 19-7
Aug 8 Houston 56-66 Loss 19-8
Aug 10 New York 90-87 (OT) Win 20-8
Aug 13 @ Phoenix 78-76 Win 21-8
Aug 15 @ Sacramento 63-75 Loss 21-9
Aug 17 @ Seattle 95-86 Win 22-9
Aug 21 Cleveland 71-56 Win 23-9
Aug 23 @ Minnesota 86-77 (OT) Win 24-9
Aug 25 Washington 68-60 Win 25-9

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Player stats[edit]

Note: GP= Games played; FG = Field Goals; MIN= Minutes; REB= Rebounds; AST= Assists; STL = Steals; BLK = Blocks; PTS = Points

Player GP MIN FG REB AST STL BLK PTS
Swin Cash 33 1097 195 193 119 43 23 548
Deanna Nolan 396
Cheryl Ford 344
Ruth Riley 327
Kedra Holland-Corn 312
Elaine Powell 296
Barbara Farris 127
Sheila Lambert 87
Ayana Walker 56
Tamara Moore 21
Astou Ndiaye-Diatta 20
Stacey Thomas 15
Petra Ujhelyi 14 68 2 12 3 0 1 4

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Playoffs[edit]

Round Date Opponent Score Result Record
Eastern Conference Semi August 29 @ Cleveland 76-74 Win 1-0
August 31 vs. Cleveland 59-66 Loss 1-1
September 2 vs. Cleveland 76-74 Win 2-1[4]
Eastern Conference Final September 5 @ Connecticut 73-63 Win 1-0 (3-1)
September 7 vs. Connecticut 79-73 Win 2-0 (4-1) [5]
WNBA Finals September 12 @ Los Angeles 63-75 Loss 0-1 (4-2)
September 14 Los Angeles 62-61 Win 1-1 (5-2)
September 16 vs. Los Angeles 83-78 Win 2-1 (6-2)

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