The Minnesota Lynx fell out of first place in the WNBA Western Conference after an 86-78 loss to the Tulsa Shock Sunday at Target Center. Both teams were 5-1 and tied for first going in to the game. But a poor effort on defense left the Lynx on the losing end.
Skylar Diggins scored 26 points, Riquna Williams had 17 and Courtney Paris had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Shock (6-1).
"They did whatever they wanted to do, whenever they wanted to do it," Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "It was a defensive effort that, to say the least, I wasn't happy with."
Minnesota started out strong defensively in the first quarter, holding Tulsa to 15 points while scoring 23. But in the second quarter, the Shock seemingly scored at will, according to the Pioneer Press, and tied the game 38-38 at halftime.
Minnesota was up by five points with one minute left in the third quarter, but Tulsa hit two 3-pointers in a row to take a 58-57 lead going in to the fourth, the Associated Press reports.
Tulsa carried that momentum through most of the fourth quarter. A 3-pointer by Williams gave Tulsa a six-point lead with 1:25 left and the Lynx couldn't recover.
Rebekkah Brunson led the Lynx with 18 points and nine rebounds. Maya Moore scored 16, and Seimone Augustus and Damiris Dantas each had 15.
Former Gophers player Amanda Zahui B saw 10 minutes of playing time for Tulsa. She finished the night with no points and two rebounds.
This is a rare victory for Tulsa over Minnesota. The Lynx (5-2) have won their last six games over the Shock, including all five games last year and their season opener on June 5, the Pioneer Press notes.