Tulsa Shock finally ended their 20-game losing streak after hammering out a shocking 77-75 win over the Los Angeles Sparks on Saturday in Los Angeles.
Veteran Sheryl Swoopes added another highlight to her historic career after she knocked down the game-winning jumper with 2.9 seconds left in the game that finally put a halt to their embarrassing skid, which is the longest losing streak in WNBA history.
“I'm sure no one gave us a shot to win this game,” said Swoopes, who is one of the two remaining players since the WNBA started its first season in 1997. “When you have one win, to win a game like this feels really good.”
Tiffany Jackson spearheaded Tulsa’s attack as she finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds, Ivory Latta chipped in 18 points, while Swoopes added 17 points and nine rebounds, to give Hall of Famer and Tulsa interim coach Teresa Edwards her first win in 17 tries.
“It's unreal. It's unbelievable,” said Edwards, who took over the coaching reigns on July after Nolan Richardson was fired. “I was waiting to see if we were ever going to get one.”
DeLisha Milton-Jones led Los Angeles with her 24 points and eight rebounds, while Tina Thompson added 16 points. Candace Parker, who was playing terrific since returning from a knee injury, was limited to just seven points and seven rebounds.
“We knew this team was desperate for a win,” said Milton-Jones. “Granted, they aren't going to make the playoffs, but they are still hungry.”
Complete WNBA Results (Saturday – August 27, 2011)
- Phoenix Mercury 92 – 95 Connecticut Sun
- San Antonio Silver Stars 75 – 85 Minnesota Lynx
- Washington Mystics 67 – 80 Chicago Sky
- Tulsa Shock 77 – 75 Los Angeles Sparks