Seattle’s Record Stands at 9-21
The Storm has played the past few games being short-handed. Two games ago, it lost Ramu Tokashiki to the Japanese National Team and Abby Bishop has been battling a hamstring injury.
On Thursday, Sue Bird rested and meant that Seattle was down to eight able bodies against a Tulsa team that had won five in a row and had just clinched a playoff spot.
Despite another solid performance from Jewell Loyd, the short bench and the Tulsa momentum was too much for the Storm as it dropped the finale of its six-game homestand 85-67 on Thursday night.
The Storm will hit the road for two beginning on Sunday when it heads to Loyd’s hometown of Chicago to take on the Sky.
After Crystal Langhorne hit a tough hook in the lane to make it 30-36, Tulsa went on an 11-2 run to move ahead 47-32. The Shock outscored Seattle 25-10 in the quarter and got 15 first half points from Odyssey Sims.
Sims, who had scored 30 points in the team’s last game, dropped 24 points on Thursday.
Tulsa opened the third on a 10-2 run and led by as much as 23.
The Storm began to chip away and got five straight points from Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis to cut the lead to 16. Loyd, who scored a team-high 16 points to go along with a career-high six assists, had six in the quarter.
Jenna O’Hea continued to develop her game and had 13 points, three rebounds, and three assists. Over the last three games, O’Hea is averaging 10.6 points along with four rebounds and four assists off the bench.
The Storm came out on fire and quickly took a 12-10 lead on an outlet pass to Loyd who converted the layup and got the foul. Loyd and Langhorne led the way in the first as the pair combined for 14 of the team’s 24 first quarter points.
Langhorne finished with 12 points on 5-for-7 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds.