Seattle Storm crushes Tulsa 111-65
Svetlana Abrosimova had 20 points and Swin Cash scored 18 points as the Storm set a WNBA record for margin of victory with a 46-point rout of the Shock
Seattle Times staff reporter
Words were exchanged after the Storm lost to Tulsa on the road on Tuesday.
And by midnight on Saturday, the Shock had eaten every last one, suffering a 111-65 defeat before a sold-out crowd of 9,686 at KeyArena.
"They just spanked us," said Shock coach Nolan Richardson, whose team played a back-to-back, losing in Los Angeles on Friday. "It was the worst spanking we've had to tell you the truth."
Actually, it was the worst of any team in the WNBA's 14-year history, eclipsing Houston's 110-65 win against Washington in 1998.
The 46-point blowout surpassed the Storm's previous mark of 41 set against Phoenix in 2002. Seattle's 111 points tied a franchise mark.
"Some of them really didn't want to shake our hands after," Storm guard Sue Bird said.
Enough was said during the game — from Seattle setting a WNBA record with 57 rebounds (San Antonio had 56 against Minnesota in 2006) to the Storm using 24 assists to connect on 40 field goals.
It was a complete turnaround from the impostors who lost in Tulsa 84-75.
In the waning minutes of the Storm's defeat, Bird and Shock guard Ivory Latta were caught jawing at each other as Latta celebrated a late defensive play and the win — the Shock's first at home since June. Bird, who doesn't like to lose at anything, felt the enthusiasm was a little too much, muttering to Latta, "Keep yelling, keep yelling."
"I was definitely calm and in the moment," Bird said Saturday of her tone toward Latta. "I was glad they were giving us motivation for next time."
The motivation led to a 60-27 lead in the opening half that left Richardson scrambling for answers on how to at least freeze the barrage.
Seattle was aggressive on both ends, holding Tulsa (5-24) to 31.3 percent shooting. The Storm shot 57.1 percent in the first half, led by 12 points from forward Swin Cash.
It was the most points the Storm has scored in a half.
Svetlana Abrosimova scored 11 of her game-high 20 points in the second half when coach Brian Agler rested his starters. Abrosimova also had a season-high eight assists and three steals.
"There's a saying, 'Don't wake a sleeping giant' and that's basically what happened," said Bird, whose team clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference in July and needs just one win or Indiana loss to secure the league's best record. "It's nothing personal, you just never want to lose a game and have another team celebrate like that. It affected everybody and we should probably thank them."
Seattle (24-4) was so good collectively, it didn't matter that on the night the organization recognized two-time MVP Lauren Jackson for her 10 years playing in Seattle, Jackson didn't have her best game. She finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, but was 3 of 9 from the field in 22 minutes.
Jackson, who was given a bracelet and 6-foot jersey autographed by fans among other goodies, was mourning a loss. She wore black electrical tape around her left biceps in honor of a deceased family member, not sharing specifics.
"It was a really fun night and special for me to have," said Jackson, whose team won its 15th consecutive game at KeyArena. "I wish my family were here to see that, that's something that would be awesome for them. It was an unreal night."
|Tulsa||9||18||15||23 — 65|
|Seattle||28||32||25||26 — 111|
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