Lauren Jackson Leads Seattle Storm Over Cellar-Dwelling Tulsa Shock

Lauren Jackson sent another strong message to the league that she is definitely back after leading the Seattle Storm to a one-sided 74-57 victory over the hapless Tulsa Shock on Friday at the Key Arena in Seattle.

The three-time MVP, who has recently recovered from a serious hip injury, was simply too much for Tulsa as she racked up nine points in the third period to finish with 14 points, handing the Shock their 20th-straight defeat, which is the worst in WNBA history.

“When you have the best player in the world on your team, it makes a big difference,” said Seattle guard Tanisha Wright. “She 100 percent opens up a lot of different opportunities for each and every player on the floor. As she gets even more and more comfortable with playing again, a lot more things are going to open up even more.”

Wright also had a good game, finishing with 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the field, Camille Little had 10 points, while Swin Cash added nine points and six rebounds for the defending champions Storm, who are now tied with the Phoenix Mercury in the second spot in the Western Conference standings.

Sheryl Swoopes and Tiffany Jackson, on the other hand, led the Shock with 12 points apiece, with the latter adding nine rebounds, while Amber Holt added 10 points, which were not enough as they dropped their record to 1-25 with their lone win coming against the Washington Mystics two months ago.

“We're warriors, we're fighting but it's a test of character for us,” said Tulsa coach Teresa Edwards. “We have a lot of young ladies with a lot of pride.”

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