2009 Detroit Shock season

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2009 Detroit Shock season
Coach Bill Laimbeer (1-3)
Rick Mahorn (17-13)
Arena Palace of Auburn Hills
Attendance 8,011 per game
Results
Record 18–16 (.529)
Place 3rd (Eastern)
Playoff finish Lost Conference Finals
Team Leaders
Points Nolan (16.9)
Rebounds Ford (7.4)
Assists Nolan (3.5)

The 2009 WNBA season is the 12th for the Detroit Shock of the Women's National Basketball Association in the United States. The Shock attempted to win the WNBA Finals, tying the record for most championships with the Houston Comets (4), but failed in the conference finals. On June 15, 2009, head coach Bill Laimbeer resigned as head coach of the Detroit Shock, due to family reasons and the desire to become an NBA head coach.[1] Though he was unable to secure an NBA head coaching position, ESPN reported on August 30 that Laimbeer was offered, and accepted, an assistant coach position with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Despite the early struggles, the 2008 champion Detroit Shock reached the playoffs for the seventh straight year. It would be the final year in Detroit, as the Shock were purchased by Tulsa Hoops, and new ownership moved the team to Tulsa for 2010.

Offseason[edit]

Dispersal Draft[edit]

Based on the Shock's 2008 record, they could have picked 11th in the Houston Comets dispersal draft. The Shock waived their pick.

WNBA Draft[edit]

The following are the Shock's selections in the 2009 WNBA Draft.

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Transactions[edit]

  • August 18: The Shock signed Nikki Teasley after Barbara Farris' seven-day contract expired.
  • August 17: The Shock acquired Crystal Kelly from the Sacramento Monarchs in exchange for Kristin Haynie.
  • August 4: The Shock signed Barbara Farris after Anna DeForge's seven-day contract expired.
  • July 27: The Shock signed Anna DeForge.
  • July 23: The Shock waived Anna DeForge.
  • July 10: The Shock signed Anna DeForge.
  • July 6: The Shock waived Barbara Farris.
  • June 28: The Shock terminated the replacement contract of Sherill Baker.
  • June 26: The Shock signed Sherill Baker to a replacement contract.
  • June 18: The Shock terminated the replacement contract of Kelly Schumacher due to the return of Cheryl Ford.
  • June 15: The Shock announced the resignation of Bill Laimbeer. Assistant coach Rick Mahorn was promoted to head coach, while assistant coach Cheryl Reeve took over general management duties.[3]
  • June 10: The Shock terminated Britany Miller's replacement contract and signed Kelly Schumacher to a replacement contract.
  • June 8: The Shock signed Britany Miller to a replacement contract.
  • June 3: The Shock waived Kristen Rasmussen, Tiera DeLaHoussaye, Britany Miller, and Sequoia Holmes.
  • May 28: The Shock signed Barbara Farris.
  • May 27: The Shock waived Tanae Davis-Cain.
  • May 18: The Shock signed Kristen Rasmussen and Sequoia Holmes.
  • April 22: The Shock signed Kristin Haynie.
  • April 16: The Shock signed Tiera DeLaHoussaye to a training camp contract.
  • April 9: The Shock traded Ashley Shields to the Atlanta Dream in exchange for the 18th pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft.
  • January 30: The Shock signed Ashley Shields to a training-camp contract.
  • January 9: The Shock re-signed free agent Kara Braxton.
  • August 19, 2008: The Shock signed Taj McWilliams-Franklin to a one-year extension.
  • August 12, 2008: The Shock traded their second-round 2009 WNBA Draft pick to the Washington Mystics as part of the Taj McWilliams-Franklin acquisition.

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Free agents[edit]

Roster[edit]

Detroit Shock roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB From
C 45 United States Braxton, Kara 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Georgia
PF 35 United States Ford, Cheryl 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Louisiana Tech
SG 22 United States Hornbuckle, Alexis 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 155 lb (70 kg) Tennessee
F 42 United States Kelly, Crystal 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Western Kentucky
C 44 United States McWilliams, Taj 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 184 lb (83 kg) St. Edward's University
SG 14 United States Nolan, Deanna 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 147 lb (67 kg) Georgia
SF 23 United States Pierson, Plenette Injured 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 178 lb (81 kg) Texas Tech
C 24 United States Sanni, Olayinka 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) West Virginia
G/F 30 United States Smith, Katie 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Ohio State
G 6 United States Teasley, Nikki 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 169 lb (77 kg) North Carolina
G 1 United States Zellous, Shavonte 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 155 lb (70 kg) Pittsburgh
Head coach
Assistant coaches
Athletic trainer
Strength and conditioning coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Season standings[edit]

Eastern Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
Indiana Fever x 22 12 .647 14–3 8–9 17–5
Atlanta Dream x 18 16 .529 4.0 12–5 6–11 10–12
Detroit Shock x 18 16 .529 4.0 11–6 7–10 11–11
Washington Mystics x 16 18 .471 6.0 11–6 5–12 10–12
Chicago Sky o 16 18 .471 6.0 12–5 4–13 10–12
Connecticut Sun o 16 18 .471 6.0 12–5 4–13 9–12
New York Liberty o 13 21 .382 9.0 8–9 5–12 8–13

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

2009 Game Log: Preseason

Regular season[edit]

2009 Game Log: Regular Season
Watch all games live on WNBA LiveAccess

Postseason[edit]

2009 Game Log: Postseason

Regular Season Statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game  RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage  TO  Turnovers per game
 PF  Fouls per game Team leader League leader

Player Statistics[edit]

Team Statistics[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Laimbeer resigns as Shock coach". ESPN. 2009-06-15. Archived from the original on 21 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-15. 
  2. ^ "WNBA.com: 2009 WNBA Draft Board". Archived from the original on 2009-06-11. Retrieved 2009-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Laimbeer resigns as Shock coach". ESPN. 2009-06-15. Archived from the original on 21 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-15. 
  4. ^ WNBA.com: 2009 WNBA Transactions

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