Tulsa Grabs First Win in Franchise History

MINNEAPOLIS—The Tulsa Shock made history when they beat the Minnesota Lynx, 94-82, at the Target Center on Sunday.

“Women have a lot of pattern basketball, where ours is instinct really- cut and try to get to the basket and try to contest all the shots,” Head Coach Nolan Richardson said. “Tonight we were able to do that. We were very fortunate to shoot the ball a lot better than the last two games.”

The Shock came out of the gate in a fury of offense, building a 9-0 lead in the first two minutes and five seconds of the game before the Lynx called a timeout to settle things down.

Chante Black had ten points and a season-high 17 rebounds as she helped the Shock lead by as much as 21 points in the game. Five players finished with double figures in scoring. Plenette Pierson and Shavonte Zellous led Tulsa with 14 points apiece, Scholanda Robinson and Amber Holt finished with 12 each.

Tulsa’s defense shined throughout the game, holding Minnesota to 32.4 percent shooting and creating 23 turnovers. The Shock also outscored the Lynx 30-6 in fast-break points on 15 steals.

In addition to her season-best rebounding output, Black recorded a franchise-best six blocks, tying the league high for this season, set by Atlanta’s Allison Bales on May 16.

The Shock shot a season high season-high 41.9 percent from the floor, and had 24 assists on 36 field goals.

For the third-straight game, every person on the Shock’s roster saw playing time.

“I have eleven players and I play all eleven,” Richardson said. “Whether they play one minute, four minutes or five, it’s all part of the program that I run. In order for us to play the way we play, you have to have at least ten of them ready to play. You have to be able to bring it, and if you can’t, we are substituting you.”

Tulsa will be back home on Tuesday when they take on the defending champion Phoenix Mercury at the BOK Center at 6 p.m. The Mercury are 1-1 and coming off an overtime loss to the Seattle Storm.