Maya Moore scored 38 points and gathered 13 rebounds to lead Minnesota, and the Lynx held off a late comeback by the Tulsa Shock, to beat Tulsa, 94-93, in the Shock's home opener, Friday night at the BOK Center.
Minnesota certainly played like the WNBA defending champs they are, with Seimone Augustus scoring 23 points and Lindsay Whalen added 11.
"Moore and Augustus are a couple players who can put in big shots," said Tulsa head coach Fred Williams. "I thought our ladies really fought hard, played hard and played physical basketball. Some things didn't go our way, but you just have to play through it."
After trailing by 12 at halftime, the Shock took advantage of some timely Lynx turnovers in the second half, outscoring Minnesota 25-22 in the third quarter, and 20-12 in the fourth. Tulsa took the lead, 89-88, with 3:50 remaining, but couldn't hold off a late charge by the Lynx.
"This team is learning each other and learning how to play close games, once we get it all gelled together we'll be going on all cylinders," said Williams.
Eleven Tulsa players got in the game, and seven scored in double digits. The Shock was led by Skylar Diggins with 21 points, Odyssey Sims added 13. Courtney Paris led the team with 12 rebounds to go with her 10 points.
"We really wanted to win this basketball game," Diggins said. "We fought hard. We didn't lay down to a great team and that's been a problem in the past. They are a very good team, they've been together a long time, and you have to play a perfect game against them to win."
The Tulsa crowd of 6,845 let their team know they were behind them, and the fans were on their feet at many points in the game.
"Those fans are great, and the team does a great job marketing in the community, and I was screaming my guts out too," said Williams.
"The fans were great, that's the loudest I've ever heard," Diggins said.
The Shock will play at San Antonio on Wednesday, May 28. The next home game is June 6 against Phoenix, 7 p.m. at the BOK Center.