The Tulsa starting backcourt exploded for 41 points at home and led the team to its first win in 2014.

Shock rookie Odyssey Sims scored a career high 21 points as Tulsa (1-5) defeated Phoenix, 92-78, in the BOK Center on Friday.  Tulsa lost to the Mercury (4-2) one week ago in Phoenix.Tulsa Shock

Skylar Diggins scored 20 and accounted for more with nine assists on the night.

Shock coach Fred Williams said he knew getting one in the win column was just a matter of time.

“It’s been a learning process for us, ever since we started the season,” Williams said.  “I said it’d kick in one night, and tonight it really kicked in for us with a combination of guards really getting after it defensively. I thought the defense really set the tone for us.”

Tulsa, who led by as many as 21, grabbed eight steals and forced the issue on the inside.  Although Brittney Griner had three blocks, the Shock scored more than half their points (48) in the paint.

Shock forward Glory Johnson had a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.  And she said going against Griner was not easy, but she wasn’t going it alone.

“You know it’s tough because she’s way taller than both of us and she’s been able to work with both hands, left and right. Courtney [Paris] had my back and I had hers.”

Riquna Williams came off the Shock bench to score 17 points.

Diana Taurasi put in a game high 22 points in the loss for Phoenix.

Tulsa is at home again for the second of four straight in the BOK Center, hosting the New York Liberty on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.

Joey McWilliams lives in Durant. He founded and provides the bulk of the content for OklahomaSports.Net. He is a long-time sports journalist, having covered sports via radio, newspaper, television and the Internet since 2000. Joey was the color analyst for the Southeastern Savage Storm football and basketball teams from 2001-2011 and again for football in 2015. He also does play-by-play for Southeastern volleyball, basketball, softball and baseball on radio and streaming Internet video for Mix 96.1 in Durant. He can also be seen on the GAC Sports Network and as the play-by-play announcer on the Showcase Game of the Week high school football broadcast on KSBI in OKC. Joey is an alum of both Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma State University. He completed his second bachelor's degree in 2012, a journalism/broadcasting degree at OSU in sports media. He earned first place in the television sports play-by-play category in the 2012 OAB/OBEA competition. Joey also broadcasts regularly on the NFHS Network and was on ESPN3 for the 2015 Live United Texarkana Bowl and on the call of the 2016 Great American Conference basketball tournaments. Additionally, he is a recurring guest on the Spano and Black Attack on the Sports Byline USA Network. He also coached high school girls' and boys' basketball for seven years and high school football for one season at Victory Life Academy.