Tulsa Tackles Seattle 68-45 in First Road Game of the Season
In its first road game of the season, Seattle (1-1) fell to Tulsa 45-68,Tuesdaynight at the BOK Center. In a season focused on player development rather than wins and losses, the Storm saw some bright spots with its youth movement despite the blowout.
“We have people who are continuing to get to better collectively and individually,” said Seattle head coach Jenny Boucek. “That is our goal, to grow and continue to get better.”
Seattle’s three top scorers were off the bench, Ramu Tokashiki (eight points) Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (seven points) and Renee Montgomery. Two of the three top scorers are rookies, and Seattle looks to continue their growth.
Tulsa (2-1) went on a 16-0 run in the first quarter, which Crystal Langhorne ended with a layup with left in the first quarter. Tulsa’s Plenette Pierson led the team in scoring in the first quarter with six of their 21 points. The second half saw another Tulsa run (7-0) until Montgomery broke the Seattle scoring drought with a three-point jumper in the second quarter. The half ended with Tulsa up 25 points, 15-40.
“In the second half, I saw toughness,” added Boucek. “We were getting out-toughed in the first half, and our group responded, holding them to 28 points in the second half. Nothing has changed, we are trying to learn every day.”
Mosqueda-Lewis scored her first WNBA basket in the third quarter and was Seattle’s leading scorer in the third quarter with seven points. Another rookie, Brianna Kiesel, turned up the heat as well; leading Tulsa in scoring with six points in the third. Seattle scored a total of 19 points in the third, the only quarter in which they outscored Tulsa, outscoring them 19-18. Most of Seattle’s scoring came in the second half with 30 points, however it wasn’t enough for a comeback as Tulsa answered with 28 points in the second half.
Montgomery led the team with 10 points while Tulsa’s Pierson and Odyssey Sims responded with 12 points each. Tulsa outscored Seattle by 23 points, shooting 36.5 percent (22-63). Seattle was unlucky in landing shots throughout the game with a 23.8 shooting percentage (15-63).
Seattle continues its three-game road swingon Thursdayat Minnesota, before heading to Los Angeleson Sundayto take on the Sparks.