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Detroit ShockOctober 5, 2008 – With the 3-0 series win over San Antonio, the Detroit Shock became WNBA champs for third time in 6 years.

The Shock had been one of the league’s best teams for much of the year, but sputtered after losing top post player Cheryl Ford to a season-ending knee injury in July. A trade for proven veteran Taj McWilliams-Franklin  was just what Detroit needed.

Detroit became the second team in league history to win a third championship. Only the Houston Comets, who won the first four (1997-2000), have more. Los Angeles (2001, 2002) is the only other team with more than one.

Katie Smith was named WNBA Finals MVP after averaging 21.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in three games. She was the Shock’s leading scorer in each game of the Finals and led the team in rebounds in Game 1 with nine.

The celebrating isn’t over yet for the champs, who will be honored at a rally in Detroit on Monday.

Complete details at WNBA.com

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