Sue Bird and Storm Defeat Shock
Sue Bird made her first nine shots and finished with 21 points to help the Storm down the Shock, 86-73, at the BOK Center on June 15.
The last player to hit nine consecutive field goals was Danielle Robinson for the Silver Stars who also did it against the Shock on September 11, 2011. Ebony Hoffman was the last player to make more than nine consecutive in a game as she made 10 consecutive for the Sparks against the Minnesota Lynx on July 26, 2011. Bird finished the game with 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field and 3-of-5 from the three-point line.
"We did some good things. They were just better," Head Coach Gary Kloppenburg said. "If you look at their lineup they have some world-class players and we’re still a young team that’s growing talent wise. I told the kids in there, we are preparing like we are a 9-0. We are going to come back and get prepared for Phoenix and battle them. We are going through a tough stretch with our team and we need to stay positive and keep trying to do better.”
The Seattle Storm opened the game on a 10-2 run and the second quarter on a 9-0 run to open up a 12 point lead, 30-18, with 7:02 left in the half. The Shock cut the Storm lead to two, 36-34, with 3:36 left in the second quarter before the Storm ended the half on a 17-9 run, including a Katie Smith half-court three as time expired, to take a 53-43 lead into the half.
"We had a lapse in the second quarter where we let them do what they wanted to do and that got us in a hole at halftime," Kloppenburg said. "In the second half we really battled them. We fought. We turned them over. We forced 17 turnovers and we only had 10."
Jennifer Lacy had her fifth consecutive game scoring in double-figures as she had a team-high 16 points on 5-of-10 from the field and 4-of-8 from behind the three-point line.
The Tulsa Shock shot 7-of-11 from the three-point line in the first half including Jennifer Lacy going 3-of-5 and Temeka Johnson going 2-of-2. The Shock finished the game shooting 47.1 percent from the three-point line (8-of-17) and 39.3 percent (24-of-61) from the field.
“We learn from a lot of our mistakes," Glory Johnson said. "We are making a lot of mistakes but that is more opportunities to learn from them and develop our game, personally and as a team. All these losses are just making us stronger."
Led by Jennifer Lacy's team-high 16 points, four of the five starters scored in double-figures for the Shock. Glory Johnson and Temeka Johnson each scored 13 points while Kayla Pedersen matched a season-high with 10.
"In actuality we are making some great strides and turned some things around," Temeka Johnson said. "The best thing to do is stay as positive as you can through the storm because once you get out of it you definitely come out full speed.”
The Shock play the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday June 17 at 3 p.m. at the BOK Center.