Shock Lose to Lynx For Second Time in 2011

The Tulsa Shock and Minnesota Lynx both came into their June 30 meeting with hopes of breaking a losing-streak. Tulsa had loss three consecutive games; Minnesota had two. After 40 minutes of play, it was the Lynx that walked away with the 101-71 win.

Minnesota began by jumping out to 8-0 lead. Shock answered with a 10-2 run to tie the game.

Sheryl Swoopes gave the Shock their first two baskets of the game, but would leave early, due to a hamstring injury, according to Coach Nolan Richardson. Added to Amber Holt’s thumb injury and the recent release of Jacinta Monroe, Tulsa was left with a short bench and an eight-player roster.

“We had only eight players on hand, when Sheryl went down in the first part of the ball game, and that really limited us with spots,” Richardson said.

After ending the first quarter, up 23-18, the Lynx outscored the Shock 31-12 in the second.

The Shock dropped from shooting 53.3 percent and making 40 percent of their three-pointers in the first 10 minutes of the game to making only 38.7 percent of their shots and shooting 3-12 from three-point territory the rest of the way. Tulsa would allow Minnesota to score 54 points in the first half, more than any other opponent in Tulsa-history. The Lynx also scored more points (101) on the Shock than any other opponent in Tulsa history. This was a season high point-total for Minnesota, who led by as many as 32.

Minnesota capitalized on Tulsa’s missed field goals and had 37 fast-break points, a franchise-high for the Lynx, and forced 27 turnovers, en route to a road victory. Minnesota is now 6-3.

Shock guard Ivory Latta led the Shock in scoring, with 13 points and is only three points away from 1,000 career points. Kayla Pedersen followed with 12 points and Tiffany Jackson and Jennifer Lacy both put up 11.

Lynx guard Lindsay Whale had 21 points for the night. Candace Wiggins scored 18, a season-high. Wiggins, Taj McWilliams-Franklin and Monica Wright would all together contribute 39 points off the bench.

With four consecutive losses and a 1-9 record for the season, the Shock have an eight-day break before their next home game against the Phoenix Suns, July 8, and a game in Phoenix two days later.

“We have got to find ourselves and continue fighting hard,” Latta said. “We have two days off. Everyone needs to do what they need to do – clear their heads, get away from basketball and come back Sunday to practice and get ready and focused for our next game. We got to stay consistent with what we do and continue to execute.”

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