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Tulsa Shock beat Phoenix Mercury, 94-78

Odessey Sims scored 21 points and Skylar Diggins added 20, to lead the Tulsa Shock to a 94-78 win over the Phoenix Mercury, Friday night in WNBA action at the BOK Center. Tulsa jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, on the way to the team's first win of the season (1-5).

"It’s been a learning process for us, ever since we started the season," said Tulsa head coach Fred Williams. "I said it’d kick in one night, and tonight it really kicked in for us with a combination of guards really getting after it defensively. I thought the defense really set the tone for us."

Diana Taurasi led the Mercury with 22 points. She was also one of three Phoenix players to put up a team high three assists. Taurasi was also perfect from the free throw line, going 12 for 12.

Sims was asked about having to cover Taurasi.

"She’s one of the best players in the league," Sims said. "There’s no stopping her. She’s going to score. I just played hard and never got down on myself. I just tried to contain her and not let her go."

The only lead the Mercury (4-2) had in the first half came just 22 seconds before the end of the first quarter, and Phoenix led 17-16 after one quarter. Tulsa then opened the scoring in the second quarter by going on a 21-4 run, and by halftime the Shock had a 50-33 lead.

Phoenix outscored Tulsa in the third quarter 22-17, but Tulsa held a 67-55 lead going in to the final quarter.

Besides her 20 points, Diggins also contributed nine assists in the game. Also scoring in double figures for the Shock were; Riquana Williams with 17 and Glory Johnson with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Williams tied a career-high with five steals against the Mercury. She has now had 5 steals three times.

Tulsa will be home again on Tuesday, with an 11:30 a.m. tip-off against the New York Liberty at the BOK Center.


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