Shock to take on Minnesota in Season Opener

TULSA – The Tulsa Shock are set to tangle with the Minnesota Lynx in the season opener at the BOK Center on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Last Time Out
The Shock defeated the Seattle Storm, 90-80, in their only preseason game last Sunday at the BOK Center. Kara Braxton and Amber Holt led the team with 14 points each in the win. Tulsa held two-time WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson to 15 points and just one rebound, well below her 7.9 rebounds per game career average. The Shock scored 36 points off 33 turnovers and out-rebounded the Storm 39-34 in the win.

Sell Out at the BOK
The Shock will play in front of a sellout crowd when they take the floor against the Lynx in the regular season opener. An additional 200 standing-room only tickets have been made available and are on sale for $10 by calling 599-9622.

About the Opponent
The Minnesota Lynx went 0-2 in the preseason and are coming off a 74-65 loss to the Chicago Sky. The Lynx held a 14-20 record last season and finished fifth in the Western Conference.

Richardson Makes WNBA Debut
Head coach Nolan Richardson will make his debut as a WNBA coach on Saturday. Richardson is familiar with the city of Tulsa, coaching the Tulsa Golden Hurricane men’s basketball team from 1981-1985. He led the Hurricane to an NIT Championship in his first season. Richardson won the NCAA championship in 1994 as head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Former Olympian Debuts with Shock
Marion Jones, a former Olympian and world championship gold medalist, will make her first appearance as a professional basketball player on Saturday. The North Carolina graduate hasn’t played organized basketball since her days as a Tar Heel from 1994-1997.

Shock Roster
Fourteen of the fifteen players on the Shock’s roster saw time on the court during their win over the Seattle Storm last Sunday. Coach Richardson and his staff must cut the roster to eleven before the season opener this Saturday.

Making the Switch
Last year, the Detroit Shock finished 18-16 on the year with a second-place finish in the Eastern Conference. After conference realignments the Tulsa Shock will be a member of the Western Conference.