Storm electric in rout of Shock
Post largest margin of defeat in WNBA history
SEATTLE – Reserve Svetlana Abrosimova had 20 points, and Swin Cash added 18 to help lead the Seattle Storm to a 111-65 win over the Tulsa Shock on Saturday night in a clash between the teams with the WNBA’s best and worst records.
Seattle set a league record for largest margin of victory (46 points), topping by one point a win by the Houston Comets in 1998.
Lauren Jackson added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Seattle (24-4), which won its second straight game after two consecutive losses. The Storm improved to 15-0 at home.
Ivory Latta had 14 points to lead Tulsa (5-24), which has lost nine of 10 and 21 of 23.
Seattle, which lost 84-75 at Tulsa on Tuesday, led 60-27 at halftime of the rematch.
Jackson went to the bench with 5:13 remaining in the third quarter and didn’t return because of the lopsided score. The Storm led by as many as 46 in the third quarter. All five Seattle starters sat out the fourth quarter.
Ten players scored in the first half to help give the Storm their big lead, one point short of the team record of 61 set against Phoenix in 2007. Seattle led by as many as 36 points in the opening half.
Seattle shot 20 of 35 (57 percent), including five 3-pointers, from the field in the first half and made 15 of 16 free throws. The Shock shot 10 of 32 (20 percent).
The Storm had 13-point runs to start and end the first quarter and led 28-9. Cash scored 10 points and Tanisha Wright added six.
On Jackson’s bobblehead night, the Storm gave her a bracelet with 10 rubies, 10 emeralds, and 10 diamonds in a pregame ceremony to mark her decade with Seattle.
The Storm hit the road this week for games at Atlanta, Connecticut and Washington.