The Tulsa Shock found a way to end its six-game losing streak without rookie star Skylar Diggins.
Riquna Williams scored a game-high 26 points for the Shock in a 86-59 win over the Seattle Storm on Wednesday at KeyArena in Seattle.
Diggins, the third overall pick in the WNBA draft, was out because of an ankle injury she suffered in Saturday’s loss to the Minnesota Lynx.
Rookie Angel Goodrich stepped into the starting lineup in place of Diggins and scored a season-high 14 points for the Shock (4-13).
Camille Little led the Storm with 11 points. Tina Thompson, who scored 10 points, was the only other player in double figures for Seattle (6-9).
Three of Tulsa’s four wins this season have come against the Storm.
“We’ve had trouble with them in three games. I’m at a loss for words,” Storm guard Tanisha Wright said. “We understand that this was a game we needed to win, especially when it comes down to playoffs. This may be who we’re fighting against to get in. But we can’t worry about that now. We just have to worry about taking care of ourselves.”
GEARLDS GETS COACHING JOB
Katie Gearlds, who played for the Storm from 2007-2009, was hired as women’s basketball coach at Marian University, an NAIA school in Indianapolis.