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Tulsa Shock win second straight

New York coach Bill Lambeer talking to his team in the huddle.
New York coach Bill Lambeer talking to his team in the huddle.
Jeffrey Brucculeri

Skylar Diggins scored 21 points to lead the Tulsa Shock to a 72-57 win over the New York Liberty, Tuesday afternoon at the BOK Center. It was the second straight win for the Shock.

Diggins has scored more than 20 points in five of seven games this season.

"I had some great passes from Odyssey Sims and my teammates, and a few open looks that didn't go down," said Diggins. "It was a total team effort, and Courtney (Paris) was big for us. She got a lot of rebounds and started a lot of the fast breaks."

Paris contributed her fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and 16 rebounds.

"That’s one of my biggest jobs here and I knew that coming in," said Paris. "One of coach’s things for me is to rebound, so I always try to focus on that."

"Courtney Paris was a big force in the middle, with 12 points and a big blocked shot at the end," said Shock head coach Fred Williams.

Tulsa (2-5) jumped out to a 16-4 lead in the first six minutes of play. The team controlled most of the first quarter playing solid defense and shooting 42.9-percent from the field. Tulsa led 21-14 at the end of the first quarter.

At halftime, the Shock led 42-29.

Just like the BOK Center, the Shock shooting got cold in the third quarter, as the Liberty went on a 13-6 run. Tulsa led by a slim 52-46, at the end of the third. Tulsa was outscored in the quarter, 17-10, making just three of 15 shots (20 pct.) from the field.

"I thought there was a lot of things that didn't go our way in the third quarter, and we just had to fight our way through it," said Williams. "We had to tweak some things on offense, on the back side and getting shots, but we had some players make some big shots."

New York's Tina Charles led all scorers with 25 points. The Liberty dropped to 3-6 on the season.

It was school kids day and there were over 4,542 screaming fans in attendance, most of them children. They were treated to an exciting home win by the Shock.

"We want to make sure we protect home court, and that’s what we did tonight," said Diggins. "We want to just keep building this fan base in Tulsa, and coming out here and executing is what we want to do. Hopefully we get two more wins."

The Shock will be home again this Friday night to host the Los Angeles Sparks, at 7 p.m. at the BOK Center.

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