Shock Lose Close Game To Lynx

The Tulsa Shock have talked a lot about playing the entire 40 minutes this season, and that is exactly what they did against the league-leading Minnesota Lynx, Aug. 23. The Lynx were able to pull away late with a 78-72 victory, however, Shock players were feeling extremely positive about the game.

“We finally put it together,” guard Ivory Latta said. “It was a great effort. We played against a great team and great players. Our defense was on point. We had great rhythm. Everybody was on the same tune. It just felt good. I know we are going to continue to play like this and give our fans something to be excited about.”

A few minutes into the game, the Lynx had a seven-point cushion, but the Shock ended the first quarter with a 6-2 run, to pull within three of the Lynx.

Sheryl Swoopes tied the game at 23 early in the second quarter after connecting on a three-pointer. After a back-and-forth second quarter, the Shock found themselves down just two, 36-34 at halftime. Offensive and defensive rebounding were key in Tulsa in the first half, who out-rebounded Minnesota 18-10, with eight offensive boards and 10 defensive. The Shock would out-rebound the Lynx 34-27 for the game.

Amber Holt led the team in scoring at the half with 12 points, topping her season high of 11 scored in a game. She finished the night with a season-high 18. Tulsa maintained their momentum into the third quarter, but it was during the fourth quarter that Minnesota forced five of Tulsa’s 15 turnovers and would lead by as many as 12 points, to secure the win. The Lynx held tight to the lead and closed the game, 78-72.

Despite marking their 19th consecutive loss in the books, Interim Head Coach Teresa Edwards counted this game as a victory. “I feel like we won,” Edwards said. “I am very proud of my team today. They put in four quarters. They played their hearts out. I thought the bench was effective, and I thought the starters started out just the way we asked them to start out. They extended the floor; they played hard; we hit shots. We had some rough spots, but those weren’t glaring as normal. We can build on this. I feel good about our chances of bringing in some victories.”

The intensity that the Shock played with is what they hope to take with them into their two back-to-back games on the road, Aug. 25 and 26.

“We had a lot of energy the whole game,” center Liz Cambage said. “We played together as a team. At the start of the second, we were a bit down and that got us behind. But we were fighting and we just kept fighting. We are going to try and take this energy and this fight and finish off the season.”