Tulsa (9-18) built a big lead through the first half and was on top by 23 midway through the second quarter. Still up by 21 late in the third, San Antonio stepped up the intensity.
The Silver Stars (9-17) chipped away at the deficit and got to within six points more than once and ultimately at the buzzer. But Tulsa’s was resilient throughout the second half and didn’t falter.
Tulsa coach Gary Kloppenburg spoke of the level of play in the league.
“Every team, when they get down, they are going to make a run,” Kloppenburg said.
“We had a couple break downs in the fourth quarter that gave them some easy baskets. We made some good plays down the stretch, it was what we needed and we were happy to come out with the win.”
Liz Cambage had another big night for the Shock. She led all scorers with 20 points and eight rebounds as well.
“It was good to get a win and we let them come back way too easily,” Cambage said “We have to fight harder against the Sparks and this win will help us.”
Glory Johnson had 16 points, including eight in the fourth quarter when the Shock really need them. Candace Wiggins scored 15 and Angel Goodrich had 10.
“We are all learning together and we can be successful if we stay disciplined,” Wiggins said. “Tonight we battled and weathered the storm.”