Shock Gets First Win of the Season Over Mystics

A strong performance in the second half and smart defensive play gave the Tulsa Shock its first win of the season over the Washington Mystics, 77-59, June 18.

Facing off against the Washington Mystics, who came in 1-3 for the season, the Shock scored 51 of its points in the second half to secure an 18-point victory, the largest margin of victory for the team since moving to Tulsa.

Tulsa was only able to convert 33 percent of its field goal attempts in the first half and tralled 32-26 going into the break. The Shock would come back and hold the Mystics to 33.8 percent from the floor in the second half and force 15 turnovers.

“We are really happy that we could come home and win a basketball game,” Coach Nolan Richardson said. “We had been playing pretty good on the road. We didn’t play very well at home on opening night. Then we lost a couple of players with Liz Cambage and Amber Holt, and that probably hurt us a lot. It seems like the chemistry we started our group with really came together, and we played well. We had a very different ball (club) tonight.”

Cambage did not play in Tulsa’s June 14 game against the Indiana Fever due to a concussion, but was able to come out and put up 10 points Saturday. Kayla Pedersen and Jennifer Lacy had 12 points a piece for the night and veteran Sheryl Swoopes finished with 13. This was Swoopes first time to score in double-digits since returning to the WNBA this season with the Tulsa Shock.

Ivory Latta had a strong third quarter, scoring 14 of her 22 points for the night. This was her second game in the last three where she has scored more than 20 points.

The team made 60 percent of its three-point shots, with Latta scoring four out of her six attempts.

“It feels really good to give our fans a win,” Latta said. “We definitely disappointed them the last home game and we just wanted to come out here and play hard, but most of all, all this hard work we did in practice finally paid off.”

The Shock would finish the game with a 20-4 run to secure their first victory of the season in 2011.

“It’s an amazing feeling to redeem ourselves from what our first home game was and to show our fans we are a much better ball club than we showed,” Lacy said. “They deserve it. They have stuck with us through thick and thin. It was really nice to come home and get this win.”

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