With Skylar Diggins nursing an ankle injury, the Tulsa Shock still managed to end a six-game losing streak yesterday, blowing out the Seattle Storm 86-59. It's been a rough season to say the least for the 4-and-13 Shock, but everything seemed to go their way in Seattle yesterday.
Second-year guard Riquna Williams came off the bench and led the way for Tulsa with a game-high 26 points on 9-15 shooting. She also grabbed two boards and had an assist, a steal, and a block. Also making contributions for the Shock were Glory Johnson with 15 and Angel Goodrich with 14.
Williams has 20+ points in three of Tulsa's last four games, showing strong offensive output despite the team's struggles. Shock coach Gary Kloppenburg spoke on her recent play: "She's a dynamic player, an explosive player off the bench. I've been bringing her off the bench, and she really seems to thrive in that role." Meanwhile, Williams said, "I love coming off the bench. When you're starting, there's too much pressure." With the way Williams has been playing lately, she may find herself in the starting lineup very soon, whether she likes it or not.
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