The Colorado Chill accomplished almost everything it could have
hoped for in its inaugural season in the National Women’s
Basketball League, but the one thing the team couldn’t do was win
the Pro Cup.
The Dallas Fury melted the Chill’s dreams by narrowly beating
“We hesitated a little bit when we came out,” said Chill head
coach Jade Strohm in a 1570 AM radio interview. “We had the
opportunities and we didn’t get it done.”
With 27 seconds remaining in the game and the Chill (16-7) down
by three, Ruth Riley fouled out on a controversial moving pick call
that gave the ball to the Fury. Dallas’ Sheryl Swoopes went to the
free-throw line and made one of her two free throws, giving the
Fury an unreachable four-point lead at 73-69.
Riley, who scored 19 points and pulled down a game-high 21
rebounds, dominated the paint.
“I was really impressed with our post play,” Strohm said. “And
we played really good defensively.”
The foul that placed Riley on the bench was the key turning
point in the game. Three of Riley’s six fouls were moving-pick
fouls, which caused a lot of controversy in the stands and on the
The Chill struggled from behind the arch (going 4-for-16 in the
game), and went through a five-minute scoreless streak in the first
half, but Becky Hammon, who scored 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting,
hit a 3-pointer with one second remaining to give Colorado a 38-37
lead at halftime. Both teams exchanged leads for most of the second
half before Dallas pulled away.
Colorado was plagued by turnovers and foul trouble but finished
the game shooting 50 percent from the field.
“We had too many turnovers. We are a better team than that,”
Strohm said of the team’s biggest problem.
The win was the first Pro Cup Championship victory for the Fury