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Tulsa Shock beat Stars to keep playoff hopes alive

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Odyssey Sims led the Tulsa Shock with 22 points, and Tulsa defeated the San Antonio Stars, 79-62, in WNBA action Friday night at the BOK Center. Becky Hammon led the Stars with 16 points in her final game against the Shock.

Prior to the game, Tulsa team president Steve Swetoha presented Hammon with a bouquet of flowers. She will be retiring at the end of the season to become an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA. Hammon admitted as the season draws to a close she's thinking about the few games left and passing the torch.

"I think about it everyday that we come to the gym," Hammon said after the game. "You just grab on to those moments and make the best of it. The older you get the more you have to rely on these young kids. You have to get them all going and on the same page."

"I'm very pleased with our performance tonight," said Shock head coach Fred Williams. "We had a great crowd here tonight that really cheered us on to a good home court victory. We had to step it up in the second half and get the loose balls and win the battle on the boards. A lot of that was getting points in the paint."

The Shock trailed by only one point at halftime (37-36), but shot only 37.8 percent from the field.

"For the first half we did what we wanted, but Tulsa is really athletic with the ball, with Diggins and Sims, said Stars head coach Dan Hughes."

"The first half, we had a lot of easy shots get away from us," said Williams. "I told them at halftime to hang in there. We were down by one. We just wanted to take the same looks and keep being aggressive defensively.”

Glory Johnson and Skylar Diggins each added 14 points for the Shock.

"I’m proud of this team; shots fell for us," said Diggins. "We ran and got out on the transition. We were able to get the rebounds and make them shoot worse."

With the win, the Shock's record improves to 12-19, the most wins since the franchise moved to Tulsa five years ago.

"That's one of the things we had on the board, to get a lot of wins this season," Williams said.

Courtney Paris put up her twelfth double-double of the season, scoring 11 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.

The Shock are now within one game of a playoff spot with three road games left in the regular season; at Seattle on Sunday, Atlanta on Aug. 15, and Minnesota on Aug. 16.

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