The Seattle Storm lost its sixth game in a row tonight, 74-80 at the hands of the hosting Tulsa Shock.
Seattle started out strong with a 14-8 run, leading by as much as seven through two quarters, and kept Shock guardSkylar Diggins scoreless from the field.
Yet Diggins opened up the third quarter with a three-pointer and concurrently Tulsa began pouring in buckets. Before Seattle could blink, the Shock led 52-46 with 4:41 left in the period. Odyssey Sims and Glory Johnson led all scorers with 16 and 17 points, respectively.
“We talked about how they’re really good on the offensive boards, and in the first half we did a good job, they had zero,” said Storm guard Sue Bird. “I think that was why we had the lead. We had more control of the game. In the second half they were much more aggressive. That led to easy points on put-backs or just another chance to score.”
Johnson had racked up a double-double by the time the fourth quarter began, and additional double-digit offensive performances from both Diggins and Sims left Seattle scrambling to catch up. Crystal Langhorne, usually effective against Tulsa, helped the Storm stay close alongside Camille Little. The two forwards had 13 points apiece followed byBird and Tanisha Wright, who had 10 apiece with 5:39 left to play in the game.
“They came out more aggressive in the second half,” said Storm guard Temeka Johnson. “We kind of got away from doing the little things we were doing in the beginning. They got some runs, took the lead, and kept it.”
Seattle was ultimately outscored through the final three quarters and outrebounded throughout the game 35-22 by Tulsa, who was led by Sims with 21 points. Despite a team-high 15 points from Bird and 14-point performance from Wright, Seattle now falls to 9-19 on the season.