The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
WNBA Holds Bake Sale To Pay For WNBA Finals
Originally posted 9/15/2003

Shock coach Bill Laimbeer and Sparks forward DeLisha Milton work the bake sale
AUBURN HILLS, MI - The WNBA, which is holding its sixth league championship series this week, held a bake sale at The Palace at Auburn Hills, home of the Eastern Conference champion Detroit Shock, before Sunday's Game 2 between the Shock and the two-time defending WNBA champion Los Angeles Sparks. The Shock won the game 62-61 and the bake sale raised over $250, ensuring that Tuesday's decisive Game 3 will go on as scheduled.

"I was very proud about how everybody pitched in when we needed it," said WNBA commissioner Val Ackerman. "Lisa Leslie got her mom to make cupcakes and decorate them with little Sparks and Shock logos, and those cute little things sold like crazy. And [Shock guard] Kedra Holland-Corn's Rice Krispie treats were wonderful."

According to reports from the bake sale, however, Detroit Shock coach Bill Laimbeer's homemade "Cheapshot Elbow Cake" did not go over well.

"They'd take a bite of that cake," Laimbeer said, "and then just as they started to chew, BLAM! I tell you, elbowing unsuspecting people in the side of the head really takes me back."

Despite Laimbeer's conduct, WNBA officials considered the bake sale a success. "This was great," Ackerman said as the folded up the card table that had held her Special K Chocolate Bars. "We'll have to do this again next year! Actually, if regular-season attendance doesn't go up, we probably will have to do this again next year."

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