Shock Swarms Storm
Rookies Glory Johnson and Riquna Williams led the Tulsa Shock with 10 points each and the team forced 39 turnovers en route to defeating the Seattle Storm, 86-60, at the BOK Center on Friday afternoon. The game was the team's final pre-season tune-up before the regular season begins on Saturday May 19th when the Shock welcome the San Antonio Silver Stars to Tulsa for the regular season opener.
“I just thought we had a lot defensively - that intensity was really good throughout," Head Coach Gary Kloppenburg said. "We had less hesitation then we did in Atlanta. We really had locked in on what we wanted to do defensively and I think the pressure really bothered them and we need to play that way if we are going to be that type of team that plays with high energy."
Veteran Temeka Johnson made her debut with the Shock and finished with eight points and five assists in 22 minutes as a starter.
“Exciting, a lot of fun, up-tempo, happy to be a part of it - this is just a stepping stone in the direction we want to go,” Temeka Johnson said. “I think its been going really well. We still have some things that we need to work on."
Johnson also added five steals and a block while Williams had two steals and a block to go along with their team-high 10 points.
“It was really good. I think I tired to help out as much as possible," Johnson said. "Offensively, you know, when my shots weren’t falling I was trying to make sure I got the steal back on defense so I was worried a lot about my defense and made sure I got that down and my offense would come naturally.”
Ivory Latta added an efficient nine points off the bench as she shot 3-of-5 from the field and 1-of-2 from three-point territory. Jene Morris also had nine points, four rebounds and three steals for the Shock. The Shock led by as many as 26 points and never trailed in the game.
“This will be big. Now it’s for real," Kloppenburg said. All these exhibition games they are good to know, to gage where your at but it’s for real coming up. This next week will be a great week of practice, we’ll clean some things up at both ends of the floor and get prepared for San Antonio and Phoenix - our next two opponents.”
Anyone who takes the @TulsaShock lightly this season does so at their own peril. There's a new sheriff in town.— Chris(@Chris_in_CT) May 11, 2012