The Tulsa Shock would use an early 4th quarter run to put away the Seattle Storm Thursday in Key Arena.
With Sue Bird resting, Abby Bishop and Monica Wight still out injured and Ramu Tokashiki participating in the Asia Championships, the Storm suited up only eight players. On paper, the contest seemed to be Tulsa's to lose.
The Shock would get an early jump on the home squad as they hit their first four shots to build a 10-4 lead at the 7:48 mark thanks to an Odyssey Sims three. The Storm would answer the challenge, however, as they proceeded to outscore Tulsa 20-14 the rest of the quarter and bring the game to a 24 all stalemate at the end of one.
Tulsa began the second quarter on a 10-2 run to build a 34-26 lead. Seattle would hang around, never letting the Shock fully pull away. Storm forward Crystal Langhorne would single-handedly keep Seattle in the contest, scoring all 12 of her points before halftime.
Never the less, Tulsa would build a 13 point lead. Adding insult to injury, Jewell Loyd was whistled for a foul on a 3/4 court buzzer beater attempt by Sims. Sims would sink two of the three free throws giving herself 15 first half points and the Shock a 49-34 halftime lead.
"They have great offensive players." Said Storm rookie Jewell Loyd. "[W]e were a little slow on defense. They got a rhythm and it was hard for us to break it."
Tulsa would again open with a run to start the second half, outscoring Seattle 10-2 to go up by 23 with seven minutes to play. The Storm would not go quietly, answering the initial Shock charge by outscoring Tulsa 18-9 the rest of the period to bring themselves back within 14 at 68-54 entering the final quarter of play.
Tulsa would finally put the game away early in the fourth as they would outscore the Storm 11-0 to build their advantage back to 25 at 79-54 and wouldn't look back as they cruised to the 85-67 victory.
"We are just a relentless team that doesn’t want to quit." Stated Shock coach Fred Williams after the victory. "We just want to get out there and battle to the end."
Tulsa was led by the 24 points and four assists of Sims in 26 minutes of action. Also reaching double figures were Plenette Pierson (17 points), Brianna Kiesel (13) and Karima Christmas (10 points, eight rebounds.)
Seattle would get an all around performance from Jewell Loyd, who finished with 16 points, six assists and four rebounds. Jenna O'Hea (13) Langhorne (12 points, eight rebounds) and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (12) would also reach double figures in the losing effort.