Shock Falls Late to Silver Stars
The Shock were up one with 2:15 left in the game before the San Antonio Silver Stars finished the game on a 12-2 run to earn an 88-79 victory over Tulsa at the BOK Center on May 19th.
Temeka Johnson led all scorers with 21 points. Rookies Riquna Williams and Glory Johnson scored 12 and 11 points respectively in their WNBA debuts. Ivory Latta added 14 for Tulsa who had four players score in double figures.
“We’ve got a young team and it's going to be a work in progress," Head Coach Gary Kloppenburg said. "Our kids played extremely hard, gave themselves a chance to win and just couldn’t execute it at both ends in the last two minutes.”
The Shock opened the game on a 9-0 run which matched their largest lead of the game en route to a four point halftime lead, 42-38. Behind Sophia Young's 20 points and 13 rebound effort, the Silver outscored the Shock 50-37 in the second half and forced Tulsa to commit 13 turnovers in the final two quarters.
"We’re going to be a team, there’s no margin for error, we’re going to be in a lot of close games," Kloppenburg said. "We've got to be able to come up with those plays at the end of the game. We just didn’t come up with them tonight. We’re going to go back keep working on stuff, we’ll look at the film and we’ll get better.”
Glory Johnson recorded her first double-double (11 points and 10 rebounds) in her first game off the bench for the Shock. Fellow rookie, Williams, added five steals to go along with her 12 points.
The Shock forced 24 turnovers and recorded 17 steals in the game which surpassed their season-high 12 steals in 2011.
“I think it was good - numbers I don’t care about," Temeka Johnson said. "A W is more important than that. If we could get a W with those numbers it would be great. We did a lot of great things tonight a lot of things that we capitalize off and get better at. It’s a good start. You always want to go with a win but we’ve got a lot of things we can learn from and move forward.”