TULSA – Ending a three-game win streak, Seattle lost to Tulsa 92-70 Saturday night at the BOK Center.
Seattle was led by Tianna Hawkins, who scored a career-high 17 points off the bench. Temeka Johnson added 13 – the only Storm starter in double-figures. Alysha Clark and Shekinna Stricklen both chipped in with 10 points apiece off the bench.
The Shock were paced by Roneeka Hodges’ 19 points off the bench. Nicole Powell opened the game scoring nine of Tulsa’s first 17 points, but was held to just two points the rest of the night, ending with 11. Glory Johnson chipped in with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
In the last meeting of these two teams on June 7 at KeyArena, Seattle shot blanks from outside, 0-of-17. Tonight the Storm did not fare much better, shooting just 5-of-19 for 26% from range. The last three games coming into tonight, Seattle shot 50% at Connecticut, 49% vs. Washington and 52% at San Antonio. Tonight, the Storm field goal percentage dropped to 40%.
Tulsa took a 41-30 lead into the locker room at the break, but Seattle ran off five quick points to open the third, cutting the lead to a manageable 41-35 spread. Tulsa answered, stringing together seven straight points to pull away again and after taking a 71-49 lead after three quarters, Seattle was able to get back below a 20-point deficit.
Tulsa improves to 3-7 on the season, with two of their wins coming against Seattle. The other is to Eastern Conference opponent Chicago Sky.
Seattle returns home to take on the New York Liberty on Friday, June 28 at 7:00 p.m. PT.
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