The Storm defeated the Tulsa Shock for the first time this season, 76-67 Thursday night at the BOK Center.
Shekinna Stricklen had a career night, scoring a career high in points with 26, going 6-8 from behind the arc, which was also a career high. Stricklen’s six threes were the most by a Storm player in a game this season, surpassing Tina Thompson’s five against Minnesota on August 31. Thompson added 20 points to go along with 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. Tanisha Wright chipped in 15 points and six assists.
Both teams came out shooting the ball from deep, as the Shock and Storm went back and forth throughout the first half. The Storm made its run first, going on a 15-4 run in the second quarter, but Tulsa battled back with a run of its own in the third quarter, outscoring the Storm 16-11. Seattle made its final run in the fourth quarter 27-16. Neither team opened up a lead bigger than nine points and the lead exchanged hands 10 times.
Riquna Williams, who was coming off a WNBA record 51-point performance on Sept. 8 in San Antonio, led the way for the Shock with 17 points and nine rebounds. Roneeka Hodges came off the bench to score 15 points and Courtney Paris had 13 points and Tiffany Jackson-Jones grabbed 10 rebounds.
The Storm returns home to wrap up the season against the Shock on Saturday, September 14 at 7 p.m., which will be Tina Thompson’s final regular-season home game of her WNBA career.
Seattle will host the second game in the first round of the playoffs at the Tacoma Dome on Sunday, September 22 at 2 p.m.