Five Best Moments of the 2010 Season

Under the leadership of legendary coach, Nolan Richardson, the new Tulsa Shock began their first season full of hopes and promises. However, the season proved to be one with more adversity than triumphs, as the team fought through difficult losses and several roster changes. Despite the ups and downs, the team continued to battle hard and in the end gave their loyal fans a remarkable inaugural season. Below are five of the best moments of the 2010 Tulsa Shock season.

1. HELLO YELLOW - In its first game in franchise history, the Tulsa Shock were narrowly defeated by the Minnesota Lynx, 74-80, in front of a sell-out crowd of over 8,000 fans at the BOK Center on May 15th. Former Detroit Shock forward, Plenette Pierson, scored the new franchise’s very first points off an assist from teammate, and former Detroit Shock teammate, Alexis Hornbuckle. Even though the Shock didn’t prove to be victorious, Tulsa basketball fans showed overwhelming support for their new professional team.

2. FIRST WIN - After a tough loss to the San Antonio Silver Stars, the Shock bounced back to record their first win in franchise history by defeating the Minnesota Lynx 94-82 on the road at the Target Center on May 23. With five players having finished with double figures in scoring, the Shock dominated with a season-high 41.9 percent from the floor.

3. FIRST HOME WIN - The Tulsa Shock made history once again when they recorded their first home victory at the BOK Center by beating the Indiana Fever 79-74 on Saturday, May 29th. Rookie guard Natasha Lacy scored a career-high 15 points and five assists in the game. That night was also the fifth consecutive game the entire roster saw playing time before the end of the first half.

4. MUCH NEEDED WIN - The Tulsa Shock snapped a seven-game losing streak when they upset one of the WNBA’s best teams, the Seattle Storm, 84-75 on August 3rd at the BOK Center. Scholanda Robinson scored 21 points to help lead the Shock to victory. Before this night the previous victory at the BOK Center had come against the Minnesota Lynx on June 4th.

5. ENDING ON A HIGH - Coming off an East Coast Swing that consisted of loses to Connecticut and New York, the Tulsa Shock bounced back to give the Tulsa fans a season finale they would not forget. Rookie guard, Marion Jones, scored a career-high 14 points as the Shock defeated the Chicago Sky, 84-71, during the last game of their inaugural season. With the Shock up 57-56 at the end of the third, Shanna Crossley and Ivory Latta hit tie-breaking three pointers as the Shock outscored the Sky 27-15 in the fourth quarter.