The Minnesota Lynx defeated the Tulsa Shock 89-74 despite Glory Johnson's career-high 30 points and 14 rebounds. Maya Moore's franchise record 19 points in the second quarter helped break a 31-31 tie as the Lynx finished the half on a 24-7 run to extend their lead to 55-38 at the break. The Lynx led by as many as 28 points in the second half and were able to secure a 15 point victory.
"I think the problem with our team is everything's got to go just really well for us to beat a good team like this," Head Coach Gary Kloppenburg said. "We just didn't shoot the ball well enough. We're usually a decent three-point shooting team. We were 1-for-14. You know, this is a very good team, the Lynx. For us to be able to try to beat these guys, we just have to play a perfect game."
Temeka Johnson was ejected from the game with 5:24 left in the third quarter after tangling up with Seimone Augustus and getting called for her second technical foul. Temeka Johnson picked up her first technical in the first half after colliding with Candice Wiggins on a rebound attempt. The bad news continued for the Shock in the fourth quarter when Ivory Latta went down awkwardly while attempting to halt a Candice Wiggins drive in the lane with 9:04 left in the game. Latta had to be helped off the court and did not return.
Latta, the Shock's leading scorer with 14.9 points a game, failed to score before leaving the game with an ankle sprain. This was the first time she was held scoreless since September 5, 2009 when she was a member of the Atlanta Dream and played against the Phoenix Mercury. Latta had been averaging 19.8 points a game in the last four games.
"Temeka Johnson went out. She's a huge part of our team. She's a leader and one of our better point guards," Glory Johnson said. "She goes out of the game, other people have to step up, and it didn't really happen too much. So we go back to the drawing board, and one thing that we struggled with was our defense. It was kind of a lot of confusion out there on the floor. Not that we were horrible defensively, because we've played the best at times, but we were just really confused on the defensive end. We'll figure it out."
This was the third straight game in which Glory Johnson scored in double-figures and and her second game with 10 plus rebounds. Johnson shot 14-of-15 from the free throw line which are season-highs in attempts and makes for the Shock. Over her past 10 games, Glory Johnson is averaging 15.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.40 steals, shooting 48.5 percent (49-for-101) from the floor and 72.7 (56-for-77) percent from the line.
The Shock head into the Olympic break with on a two-game losing streak but have won two of their last six game after starting the season with nine consecutive losses. The Shock play their next game on August 17 against the San Antonio Silver Stars when Olympian Elizabeth Cambage is expected to make her season debut in Tulsa. Cambage has spent the first half of the off-season training for the Olympics with her Australian teammates.
"After we take our break, we're going to come back, recommit ourselves and find our identity," Roneeka Hodges said. "We're going to have a full roster. So it will give us a little more time to prepare and come together and just tidy up a few things. We can't necessarily focus on the Lynx. We have to focus on ourselves first, and doing the things that we want to do well. I think over this break, we could take time and we could go over a lot of things and kind of recommit ourselves to just getting better."