Saturday, May 23, 2015

Shock Beat the Stars at Home in First Preseason Game

The Shock tipped off the 2015 season with a 30-point win over the San Antonio Stars at the BOK Center Friday night.  It was the third time the Shock have defeated the Stars in preseason match-ups since moving to Tulsa in 2010.  The two teams face each other again in San Antonio on May 28 in a final preseason tune-up before the start of the 2015 WNBA season.
Post-Game Notes and Quotes – May 22, 2015 – San Antonio Stars @ Tulsa Shock
Final Score: Tulsa Shock – 81, San Antonio Stars – 51
Game Leaders
Tulsa Shock
Points: Skylar Diggins, 15
Rebounds: Courtney Paris, 9
Assists: Odyssey Sims, 5
San Antonio Stars
Points: Jia Perkins, 9
Rebounds: Jayne Appel, Dearica Hamby, 6
Assists: Jayne Appel, 3
Game Notes
Tulsa Shock
• Theresa Plaisance started the season strong by scoring a career-high 12 points. Her previous career high was five points. Plaisance was four-of-five from the field, and she was perfect from the free-throw line.
• Skylar Diggins led the team in scoring with 15 points, her first time leading the Shock in scoring against San Antonio since May, 17, 2014, which was six head-to-head matchups ago.
• After forcing 20 turnovers Friday night, the Shock earned the most turnovers against the Stars since May 28, 2014, when the team forced 18 turnovers. The Shock have forced the Stars into double-digit turnovers in four of the last five meetings, including preseasons.
• Coming off of an injury that ended her 2014 season, Riquna Williams bounced back confidently by scoring 11 points, which is the most she has scored against San Antonio since her incredible 51-point performance against the Stars back in 2013.
• The Shock’s 81-51 win is the largest margin of victory against San Antonio since Sept. 8, 2013, when the team won by a score of 98-65. The Shock has defeated the Stars by 17-plus point margins three times since 2013. Including pre-seasons matchups, the Shock has now won four consecutive home games against San Antonio.
San Antonio Stars
• Jia Perkins led the Stars with nine points. She was also a perfect 5-5 from the free-throw line. Sydney Colson and Danielle Robinson each had seven points as well.
• As a team, the Stars collected 36 rebounds, seven assists, eight steals, three blocks and shot 17-of-21 form the free-throw line.
• Jayne Appel led the Stars in rebounds with six and led the team in assists with three. She also recorded a block in the game.
• Sophia Young-Malcolm lead all players with four steals. No other player from either team had more than two steals.
• Since the Shock have relocated to Tulsa, San Antonio is 0-3 against the franchise in pre-season matchups.
Star Quotes
Stars’ Head Coach Dan Hughes on the Loss:
“In the pre season, I think it’s more important to give your roster players a chance to play,” Hughes said. “The Shock’s a good team. They’re a hard team to guard, so (the BOK) is a tough place to play in that regard. They play well here.  This is normal territory where we learn a lot about ourselves. For us, it will be interesting for me to see on June fourth when we open the season. We’ve got a long way to go, but it’s a little bit of a building-block process, so I don’t get real concerned about where we are as long as we’re getting better.”

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