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Feenstra's Shock Fall to Phoenix in Five Games

September 17, 2007
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Katie Feenstra scored 10 points during Sunday's fifth and deciding game of the WNBA Finals, but the Phoenix Mercury prevailed over the Shock.

Katie Feenstra scored 10 points during Sunday's fifth and deciding game of the WNBA Finals, but the Phoenix Mercury prevailed over the Shock.

The Phoenix Mercury prevailed over the Detroit Shock, 108-92, in the fifth and deciding game of the 2007 WNBA Finals, Sunday afternoon at the Palace at Auburn Hills. The setback denied Liberty graduate Katie Feenstra and the Shock the opportunity to repeat as WNBA champions.

Road teams had only won two games in the entire WNBA Playoffs, prior to the Finals. The Mercury and Shock then reversed the trend during the Finals, as the visiting team won three out of five games, culminating with Phoenix's series clincher on Sunday. The title was the first-ever WNBA crown for the Mercury.

Detroit seized control of the series, 2-1, with an 88-83 road win in Game 3, on Sept. 11. However, Phoenix, led by series MVP Cappie Pondexter, responded with back-to-back wins while facing elimination. In the end, the Mercury's run-and-gun style of play proved too much for the Shock to handle. Phoenix averaged 93.2 ppg for the five-game series.

The 6-8 Feenstra acquitted herself well during the first playoff run of her three-year WNBA career, averaging 7.0 ppg and 3.6 rpg in 12 minutes of action per WNBA Finals contest. She flourished in front of her home-state fans at the Palace, starting all three home games during the Finals and scoring 10 points in both Game 1 and Game 5.

2007 WNBA Finals Summary

Game 1 - Sept. 5 – at Detroit 108, Phoenix 100
Feenstra's Line: 10 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and a steal in 17 minutes

Game 2 - Sept. 8 - Phoenix 98, at Detroit 70
Feenstra's Line: Nine points, four rebounds, one block and an assist in 16 minutes

Game 3 - Sept. 11 - Detroit 88, at Phoenix 83
Feenstra's Line: Six points, four rebounds in 10 minutes

Game 4 - Sept. 13 - at Phoenix 77, Detroit 76
Feenstra's Line: Zero points, zero rebounds in two minutes

Game 5 - Sept. 16 - Phoenix 108, at Detroit 92; Phoenix wins 2007 WNBA title, 3-2
Feenstra's Line: 10 points, three rebounds in 15 minutes