Shock Snaps Losing Streak, Heads Into All-Star Break On High Note
TULSA, Oklahoma - The Tulsa Shock wanted to go into the All-Star Break on a positive note, but to do that, it had to take care of its current five-game losing streak.
Tulsa did just that, defeating San Antonio, 95-90 on Thursday morning at the BOK Center.
Courtney Paris scored a career-high 22 points and the Shock made three late free throws hold off a late Silver Stars rally. Overall, Tulsa took 20 free throws in the fourth quarter to keep San Antonio at bay.
Jennifer Lacy sank a pair of free throws with 33.7 seconds remaining and Roneeka Hodges added another with 13 seconds left to seal the win.
“I thought this afternoon after a tough back to back game in Minnesota the ladies really put their best effort forward,” Tulsa coach Fred Williams said. “We have a little down time for the All-Star break and to get prepared for the second half of the season. We should learn our lesson from a lot of the close games we have had and from the victories we have had also."
Free throws were the reason the Shock was able to pull off the win on Thursday. Tulsa was 32-of-39 from the charity stripe while San Antonio was 13-of-17. That difference offset the Silver Stars’ major advantage from the 3-point line. San Antonio hit 11 3-pointers to Tulsa’s three.
Glory Johnson added a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds to help the Shock (8-15) hold a 32-25 edge on the glass. Skylar Diggins had 19 points and eight assists, capping a whirlwind 24 hours. After Wednesday’s game against Minnesota, Diggins flew to Los Angeles to take part in the ESPY Awards. She then came back to Tulsa for Thursday’s 11:30 a.m. tip time.
Odyssey Sims scored 15 and Lacy finished with 12 for Tulsa
Danielle Adams scored 17 points for San Antonio (11-12) and Sophia Young-Malcol had 16. Danielle Robinson and Kayla McBride scored 15 apiece.
Tulsa is back in action after Saturday’s All-Star game on Tuesday at San Antonio.