Maya Moore proved too much to handle, as she scored 40 points to lead the Minnesota Lynx to a 84-75 win over the Tulsa Shock, Saturday night at the BOK Center. With her performance against the Shock, Moore broke the record for most 30-plus point games in a season with 11, breaking the record set by Diana Taurasi of Phoenix in 2008.
“I am really happy for her," said Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve. "She has now established a new record in our league for the number of 30-plus point games in a season. I just love how focused she is. She is not running around trying to get 40 points, she is not running around just taking bad shots. She plays within our flow and shares the ball. She is just really special at this point. She is one of the most special athletes that this league has ever seen."
Tulsa got off to a slow start in the game and trailed 16-10 after one quarter. However, the Shock played better in the second quarter, and with more intensity. Minnesota led 33-32 at halftime.
"We put in a good battle tonight against a team that is a candidate to win it all," said Shock head coach Fred Williams. "We played this team pretty tough, we came at them strong, and Maya Moore when she gets hot, she’s hot."
Tulsa was led by Odyssey Sims with 25 points. Glory Johnson scored 17 and Skylar Diggins added 15.
Along with Johnson's 17 points, she grabbed 10 rebounds. It was her sixteenth double-double of the season. She is one away from tying the record for most double-doubles in a season by a Shock player, held by Cheryl Ford who set the record in 2006.
"We played really hard but Maya is a tough guard," said Johnson. "She is good at what she does, whether she’s driving to the basket or shooting the jumper. She defiantly helped them win that game."
The game got a bit scrappy in the second half and a pair of technical fouls were called against Minnesota's Janel Carville. Her second one came with just 24-seconds remaining.
Tulsa will play at Los Angeles on Tuesday, and then return for the final home game of the regular season on Friday, against San Antonio at 7:00 p.m., at the BOK Center.