AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - A footwear faux pas is about the only thing that went wrong for the Phoenix Mercury in Game 2 of the WNBA finals yesterday.
Coach Paul Westhead mistakenly wore two different shoes to the game, much to the consternation - and amusement - of his players, who beat up the Detroit Shock, 98-70.
Diana Taurasi bounced back from her woeful Game 1 with 30 points to help the Mercury even the five-game series.
"He had on two black shoes, but one was gator leather and one was some kind of penny loafer," Taurasi joked. "He's kind of old and he needs some fashion advice, but we'll have him ready for next year."
The All-Star guard out of Connecticut scored 10 points while fouling out in 22 minutes of Detroit's 108-100 victory in Game 1 Wednesday. But she stayed out of foul trouble yesterday and scored from all over the court, including seven 3-pointers.
"Diana Taurasi kind of stepped up and said, 'Well, I think I'll bring my game with me today.' And she did," Westhead said.
Taurasi's inspired play helped offset the return of forward Cheryl Ford to Detroit's lineup. The four-time All-Star, who missed the first game with a left knee injury, had 5 points and 7 rebounds.
Said Shock coach Bill Laimbeer, "We had, not different agendas, but different attitudes today. The coaches coached a bad game, and the players put their heads down and stopped playing. You can't have that."