Cue the Bee Gees cause the Storm (12-20) is staying alive in the playoff hunt. All-star point guard Sue Bird shined, finishing with 22 points, making 4 of 6 three-pointers, to help Seattle win, 74-68, against Tulsa on Sunday.
Seattle guard Tanisha Wright made the late defensive stops against Shock all-star PG Skylar Diggins to seal the comeback win. Diggins finished with 23 points but had five turnovers and fouled out with 10.4 seconds left.
“I’m young but we have a lot of veterans on this team and we won because we’re a veteran team, smarter,” third-year Storm forward Shekinna Stricklen said. “Down toward the end, Tulsa made mistakes and got technical fouls at the wrong time. We’ll take it.”
The Storm is off Monday and Tuesday. Seattle plays at Los Angeles on Friday and needs the win in order to stay alive in the race for the final two postseason slots in the Western Conference.
Here are the highlights and some stats from Sunday:
- The Storm extended its winning streak to a season-high 3 games, while Tulsa had a 2-game win streak snapped.
- With the win, the Storm remains alive for a record 11th consecutive playoff berth. Seattle must win its last two games and have San Antonio lose its last two to reach the playoffs.
- The teams split the season series 2-2, with the home team winning all four games.
- The Shock started the game with a 10-2 run. Seattle did not lead until the fourth quarter (55-54).
- The Storm outscored Tulsa 24-12 during the third quarter, cutting a 13-point halftime lead down to one point, and had a 45-26 advantage in the second half.
KEY STAT OF THE GAME
T FOR 1,000: Tanisha Wright handed out the 1,000th assist of her WNBA career during the first quarter. Wright is the 19th WNBA player to the 1,000 mark, and joins Sue Bird as the second player to do so in a Storm uniform.
- Wright is the eighth WNBA player to record 1,000 assists with the same team (Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings, Becky Hammon, Ticha Penicheiro, Dawn Staley, Diana Taurasi, Teresa Weatherspoon).
- Wright also pulled down her 900th career rebound during the game.
- Sue Bird scored 10 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter, topping 20 points for the fourth time this season. Bird’s four 3-pointers tied a season high (previously June 29 vs. Minnesota).
- Bird’s eight free throws and 11 attempts were both season highs (previously five each, June 19 vs. San Antonio).
- Crystal Langhorne (12 points) scored double figures for the eighth time in the last nine games, while Camille Little (15) did so for the 10th time in the last 11 games.
- Skylar Diggins (23) scored 20-plus points for the 18th time this season and the first since July 22.
- Courtney Paris’ 13th double-double (11 points, 14 rebounds) tied Chiney Ogwumike for third in the WNBA. Paris had three steals, tying a career high (previously done twice this season).
- Diggins and Glory Johnson (15 points) both fouled out, the first time this season either player has done so.
- Tulsa shot a season-low 43.8 percent (7-16) from the free throw line.
- The Shock’s three bench points were a season low for a Storm opponent (previously 8 at Tulsa on July 29).
NEXT GAME: The Storm concludes its road schedule on Friday, Aug. 15 at Los Angeles at 7:30 p.m.