SEATTLE – The Seattle Storm fell to the Tulsa Shock 67-58 Friday night at KeyArena.
Tina Thompson led the Storm with 17 points and five rebounds. Temeka Johnson added 13 points. Tanisha Wright added five points, pulling her within nine of the 2,000-point milestone.
Glory Johnson matched Thompson with 17 points of her own, along with nine rebounds. Four of five Shock starters scored in double figures.
Cold shooting was the story of the night for the Storm as the home team shot 38.7% from the field and missed all 17 three-point attempts. Every time the Storm clawed its way back into the game and tried to overtake the Shock, the ball wouldn’t go through the hoop. Seattle’s biggest lead was four.
Tulsa played a physical game in the paint, battling for every rebound and loose ball, outrebounding the Storm 36-26. The Storm held heralded rookie Skylar Diggins to 3-8 from the field and forced her into four turnovers, but it wasn’t enough to knock the Shock out of rhythm.
A balanced attacked propelled the Shock to victory, with Candice Wiggins adding 13 points and Kayla Pedersen putting up 10. Reserve Courtney Paris played sparingly, but still managed to pull down seven rebounds.
Thompson and Johnson carried the load for the Storm, with no other player scoring in double figures. The Storm kept it close for a majority of the game, never falling behind by more than nine, but was unable to capitalize on scoring opportunities. Two road games await Seattle as the team will travel to Atlanta to take on the Dream on June 14, followed by a trip to Connecticut on June 16. The Storm returns home on June 18 against Washington.
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