Storm Defeat Shock in Seattle

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Sue Bird's season-high 27 points kept the Storm ahead early and allowed them to pull away late as Seattle defeated the Tulsa Shock, 76-58, at KeyArena on June 1.

The Shock entered the game leading the WNBA by forcing an average of 26.8 turnovers per game and had forced at least 24 in all four previous games but the Storm committed only 11 to secure the win.

"I thought we battled that first half, but we just stalled out offensively in the third quarter. You can’t do that against a team like the Storm because they have so many weapons," Head Coach Gary Kloppenburg said. "I thought some fatigue set in with us and we didn’t have as much pressure as we’ve had lately. Of course Sue Bird is a master at controlling the game so we knew that going in. We knew we needed to make some more shots. That’s the bottom line – we need to make more shots. If we shoot the ball better, we’re right in that game."

A close game throughout opened up starting from the 2:55 mark of the third quarter to the 6:31 mark of the fourth when the Storm went on an 18-3 run, pushing the lead from three to 18. The Shock shot 2-of-17 from the field during the third quarter and only 28.3 percent for the game.

"There’s definitely growth," Jennifer Lacy said. "We get better every game and do positive things every game. We just have to learn how to win and close out games and stop having these lulls where we don’t score. We need better offensive execution because our defense is pretty good. I think we’ve forced over 100 turnovers in the first five games of the season and that’s pretty good. Our defense is there, we just need to get our offense clicking."

Lacy led the Shock in scoring with 12 points followed Riquna Williams, who scored in double-figures for the second consecutive game, with 11. The Tulsa bench outscored its starters 36-22.

"I liked their mental toughness and that they kept fighting," Kloppenburg said. "Even though they were struggling and going through some adversity, I thought we kept battling through. We’re a young team and just have to keep trying to get better. We know it’s going to be a journey to rebuild so we’re just trying to go in that direction."

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