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Game Thread: Tulsa (4-20) hopes to 'Shock' Silver Stars (9-15) - again

Shanna Crossley works on her "Layup"
Shanna Crossley works on her "Layup"

Who: Tulsa Shock host the San Antonio Silver Stars on Breast Cancer Awareness Night

What: Last time these two met in San Antonio, Tulsa snapped a 12-game losing streak and grabbed the 75-70 road win. The Silver Stars currently lead the season series 2-1, with another meeting slated in San Antonio on August 13th.

When: 7:00 p.m. cst

Where: BOK Center - Tulsa, OK ||  TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma, NBA TV || online: LiveAccess

The Story: preview

Rather than the same ol' story of Tulsa needs a victory, I'm going with the story of former Silver Star player Shanna Crossley - a.k.a. "Layup".

Crossley had to sit out a stretch of games at the end of June due to a staph infection in her leg and had been struggling with her shot since coming back. However, the last two games against Seattle and Atlanta have seen her find her shot again (8-of-14 from 3-point range).

Here's her explanation on getting that much needed for the Tulsa offense shot back:

"When you're out for a couple of weeks with a stinkin' infection, it takes more than a couple of games to get not only your wind back, but also to kind of get back in rhythm. I think it came back in the Seattle game and hopefully I can just keep it going from here on out because that's the strength of my game and that's something this team definitely needs so I've got to continue to do that. Hopefully, everything's behind me and the rhythm's back and good to go."

When chatting after the last home loss for the Shock, she said this of her former team:

"Always enjoy that, always enjoy former teams. I love the girls like sisters still, love the coaching staff. It's always fun to play against them because I know them inside out which is good from a scouting perspective. It's just fun to play on the court with them as well. Joke around, grab them, hold them – it's just fun."

Maybe her scouting skills and Layup's killer outside shot will lead to the Tulsa W...