Wiggins' Shooting Barrage Sinks Shock
A 14-0 run in the fourth quarter sparked by Candice Wiggins' 4-of-4 shooting from three-point territory lifted the Minnesota Lynx over the Tulsa Shock, 107-86, on July 10 at the BOK Center,
Wiggins had 17 fourth quarter points and a team-high 25 points to help snap Minnesota's three-game losing streak.
The Lynx shot a scorching 69.5 percent (41-of-59) from the field - the highest field goal percentage by a team in a single game in WNBA history. The previous high was 65.4 percent (36-of-55) by the Los Angeles Sparks on June 15, 2005 in a game against the Houston Comets.The game also marked the highest two-team field goal percentage in WNBA history as Minnesota and Tulsa shot a combined 58.5 percent (72-of-123) from the floor, surpassing the previous record of 57.6 percent set by Cleveland and Detroit on June 16, 2000.
“(Minnesota) is really good. They shot 70 percent," Head Coach Gary Kloppenburg said. "I give them a lot of credit. The second half we tried to get up, really fight them and they hit some difficult shots. It is tough when teams are making tough shots like that. That type of percentage is going to be difficult to overcome for anybody.”
The Shock opened the game on a 7-0 run and led 30-25 after the first quarter. The 30 points after the first quarter were the most points the Shock have scored in any opening quarter this season. Minnesota led by just three, 76-73, after three quarters before they outscored the Shock 31-13 in the final quarter.
“We played them tough for three quarters. That last quarter we had, they did a pretty good job of getting us pressure and setting us up in the back court," Kloppenburg said. "We had difficulty getting into our offense and scoring. Wiggins really stepped up big and hit some big threes in the quarter.”
Ivory Latta led the Shock in scoring for the fourth consecutive game with a team-high 25 points. Latta has now scored in double-figures in seven consecutive games and is averaging 19.8 points in her last four games. Kayla Pedersen and Glory Johnson added 12 and 11 points respectively for the Shock.
“They shot the ball very well," Latta said. "They really executed their offense down the stretch. We had some ‘fall aparts’ in our defense, which we can’t let happen on a team like that. We’ve got to get ready and regroup.”
Minnesota’s 107 points is a team and WNBA season-high in 2012. Maya Moore complemented Wiggins with 24 points. Moore is averaging 25 points a game against Tulsa through two games this season.
“Defensively we need to pick it up a little bit," Pedersen said. "We weren’t communicating that well. We weren’t on the same wavelength as far as our rotations and where we need to be.”
The Shock play Minnesota again on Thursday July 12 at Noon (CST) at the Target Center.
Tweets of the Game
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