Diggins, Shock take down Liberty at home

Tulsa Shock

Good guard play was the order of the day again in Tulsa.

The Shock kept the New York Liberty offense at bay for a 72-57 win in the BOK Center on Tuesday.Tulsa Shock

Tulsa won back-to-back games for the first time since winning three in a row July 17-21 in the 2013 season.

Skylar Diggins had the offense going for the Shock (2-5) dishing out seven assists to go with her team-high 21 points.  The contest was the second of a four-game home stand and Diggins said she wanted her team to take care of business in the BOK Center.

“We want to make sure we protect home court, and that’s what we did tonight,” Diggins said.

“We want to just keep building this fan base in Tulsa, and coming out here and executing is what we want to do. Hopefully we get two more wins.”

Her backcourt mate, Odyssey Sims, scored 10.

Courtney Paris logged her fifth double-double of the season with a big effort.  Paris had a career-high 16 boards along with 12 points.

The rebounding was a point of emphasis for Paris.

“That’s one of my biggest jobs here and I knew that coming in,” Paris said.  “One of coach’s things for me is to rebound, so I always try to focus on that.“

It was a tough job against New York forward Tina Charles.  The veteran scored a game-high 25 points and talked about the key to the win for the Shock

“Rebounding,” Charles said.  “They got on the boards hard, they had transition play, and I think that’s just Tulsa’s identity. They just play hard up or down in scoring.”

Tulsa next plays on Friday at 7 p.m., hosting the Los Angeles Sparks.