(WNBA) Tulsa seems to be home away from home for the Minnesota Lynx if you ask me. Maya Moore scored 33 points while Lindsay Whalen helped by almost getting a triple double to help the Lynx win a 91-85 victory Thursday night.
The victory was the ninth straight road win for Minnesota (15-6) in Tulsa. The Shock’s last home win against the Lynx was a 92-79 back on June 4, 2010.
Moore shot 12 of 21 from the floor and was 8 for 8 at the free throw line. She added 11 rebounds.
Lindsay Whalen added 21 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, scoring 14 of her points in the second half to help the Lynx claim their fourth win in the last five games.
“She is the epitome of what we want our team to be,” Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said of Whalen. “She has a great understanding of the game and her play-calling is tremendous.”
After trailing by as many as eight points early in the second half, Tulsa tied the game for the last time at 71-all in the opening minute of the fourth quarter on a free throw by Courtney Paris.
Skylar Diggins had 21 points and a career-high 12 assists for Tulsa, which lost its fifth straight game at home and third in its current four-game homestand. The Shock have dropped their five home games by a combined 16 points. Their last home victory was an 85-79 win June 15 against Seattle.
Glory Johnson added 17 points and 12 rebounds for Tulsa, and Odyssey Sims had 17 points and Courtney Paris 13.
During her big first quarter, Moore hit 4 of 6 shots from the floor and all six of her free throws to help Minnesota to an eight-point lead. Diggins countered with nine points and the Shock trailed just 26-24 after one quarter.
Sims’ 3-pointer with 8:41 to play in the second quarter gave the Shock their only lead of the game, 29-28.
Moore opened the second half with a pair of baskets as the Lynx led by eight points, matching their largest margin of the night. Tulsa rallied again, getting back-to-back 3s from Roneeka Hodges that triggered a 14-6 run and knotted the game at 65 at 4:48 of the third quarter.
“We’re getting there,” Tulsa head coach Fred Williams said. “We just have to keep tough. Everybody seems to be knocking each other off so we still have a chance at a playoff spot.”
Moore had her fourth game this season of 30 or more points. Entering Thursday night, she had the three highest single-game scoring performances of the season.
They will have another go at it on Wednesday in Minnesota.