Shock Fall to Lynx in Opener

TULSA— Amidst a sellout crowd showcasing a “yellow out” for their first ever game, the Tulsa Shock dropped their home opener to the Minnesota Lynx 80-74 at the BOK Center on Saturday.

Head coach Nolan Richardson’s pastel yellow shirt and pants combo and salmon jacket weren’t enough to help the Shock overcome a 16-point first half deficit. Despite the loss, players were overwhelmed by the support from the home crowd.

“It was great. The fans did such a great job with their excitement and the energy that they brought,” said Shock guard Shanna Crossley. “Tonight was such an exciting night and an exciting time for Tulsa and for our organization.”

Plenette Pierson recorded the first points in franchise history off an Alexis Hornbuckle assist. The Shock shot just 25 percent (4-of-16) and trailed by ten after the first quarter.

Tulsa outscored the Lynx 24-14 in the second and were able to tie it up when Natasha Lacy hit one of two free throws with just seconds left in the first half. The Shock improved their first quarter shooting woes, going 8-of-19 from the field in the second quarter.

Tulsa took their first and only lead of the game early in the second half off of a Shanna Crossley three-pointer. They weren’t able to maintain it, however, as the Lynx went on a 6-0 run over the next two minutes.

Tulsa shot just 37 percent from the floor and had 22 turnovers in the loss. Amber Holt came off the bench to lead the team with 16 points on the night.

Two Shock players nearly recorded the first double-doubles in franchise history. Starting center Kara Braxton had nine points and nine rebounds on the night, while Chante Black came off the bench to record eight points on 4-of -6 shooting and 10 rebounds.

“We took momentum in to the dressing room at halftime and I thought that it was something that was good and we could come out and continue the drive that was started in the first half,” Head Coach Nolan Richardson said. “We walked right out and turned the ball over a couple of times, they scored some baskets and got their head up and the momentum immediately switched. That was how the game was the entire night; we could never get into a rhythm and never overcome the mistakes we were making.”

Tulsa will look to bounce back as they host the San Antonio Silver Stars this Thursday, May 20 at 11:30 a.m. at the BOK Center.