TULSA, Oklahoma (AP) — Riquna Williams scored 14 off the bench as the Tulsa defense completely dominated Seattle as the Shock rolled to a 68-45 win over the Storm on Tuesday.
Plenette Pierson and Odyssey Simms scored 12 points apiece and Skylar Diggins added 11 to reach 1,000 career points for Tulsa (2-1), which has a winning record for the first time in six seasons since relocating from Detroit.
Renee Montgomery scored 10 points for Seattle (1-1), which scored 86 points in its opener, a 25-point win over Los Angeles when the Storm got 40 points from its reserves.
Tulsa used a 16-0 run, with Pierson scoring six, to go up 21-4 late in the first quarter. The Shock then scored the first 11 points of the second quarter to push the lead to 32-7 before Montgomery’s 3-pointer 2:14 before the half. It was 40-15 at the break with Seattle shooting just 15 percent (5 of 34), while the Shock went 15 of 34 from the field.
The lead reached 30 points in the second half as the Storm finished the game at 24 percent (15 of 63), including 4 of 24 from 3-point range (17 percent). They also had 20 turnovers the Shock converted into 20 points. Seattle got two points off 16 Tulsa turnovers.
LIBERTY 86, FEVER 79
NEW YORK (AP) — Tina Charles scored 21 points, Essence Carson added 14 and the Liberty dominated the third quarter en route to a win over the Fever.
Tanisha Wright added 12 points and Kiah Stokes had 11 for the Liberty (2-1), who had 23 assists on 29 baskets.
Layshia Clarendon scored all of her career-best 14 points in the first half as the Fever took a 41-38 lead to the half. New York started the second half with a 20-4 run and led 62-53 entering the fourth quarter.
Carson had a three-point play to put the Liberty ahead for good, 45-43, two minutes into the third quarter. Shortly after that New York scored 11 straight, with Charles scoring four points, for a 58-45 lead.
Tamika Catchings, a nine-time All-Star, made her season debut after missing the first two games with a knee injury suffered prior to training camp and scored 13 points for Indiana (0-3). Natalie Achonwa, Lynetta Kizer and Shenise Johnson also had 13 points apiece.
The Fever started 0-3 last year, but made the playoffs. Marissa Coleman, who averaged 17 points in the first two games, finished with six.