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Honoring Detroit Shock on Winning Women's National Basketball Association

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. DeWINE. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to the immediate consideration of S. Res. 234 submitted earlier today by Senators STABENOW and LEVIN.

The PRESIDING OFFICER. The clerk will report the resolution by title.

The legislative clerk read as follows:

A resolution (S. Res. 234) honoring the Detroit Shock on winning the Women's National Basketball Association Championship.

There being no objection, the Senate proceeded to consider the resolution.

Ms. STABENOW. Mr. President, I offer a resolution congratulating the Detroit Shock for winning the Women's National Basketball Association Championship.

In a remarkable display of talent, hard work and tenacity, the Shock captured the championship in the very next year after placing last in their league. Over the last 100 years, not a single other team in any major sport has been able to accomplish this feat.

Last Tuesday, in front of a WNBA record crowd of 22,000 people at the Palace in Auburn Hills, the Detroit Shock
defeated the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Sparks to win Detroit's first WNBA title. Ruth Riley, the game's Most Valuable Player, led the Shock by playing the best game of her career. She scored 27 points and guarded another all-star center. This season's Rookie of the Year, Cheryl Ford, also played a great game. Ms. Ford is the only WNBA rookie ever to average more than 10 points and 10 rebounds a game.

Bill Laimbeer, in his first season as a coach, led the Shock during this remarkable season. Mr. Laimbeer has also brought two back-to-back championship titles to Detroit with the NBA's Detroit Pistons. Soon, the address of the Palace at Auburn Hills will be renamed "Three Championship Drive" to honor these accomplishments.

I would like to congratulate all of the players, coaches and support staff that have made this championship possible. This was truly a great victory for fans in Detroit and across the state of Michigan. And next year, we are hoping for a repeat.

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