SEATTLE – Having already done enough to prolong her final season by at least a couple of games, Seattle Storm veteran Tina Thompson left one more lasting memory Saturday night.
The 38-year-old Thompson capped her 17th regular season with 22 points and eight rebounds in an 85-73 win over the Tulsa Shock.
Thompson made 7 of 17 shots from the field on a night the Storm (17-17) were in control all the way. Seattle never trailed and held a double-digit lead for all of the final 24:09.
Thompson’s final basket, her fourth 3-pointer of the game, gave Seattle an 85-65 lead with 1:55 remaining. She checked out of the game to a standing ovation 29 seconds later, then the game was held up for a couple of minutes after Storm coach Brian Agler coerced her to go back onto the floor to give the fans a wave.
Camille Little added 14 points and six rebounds for the Storm, while reserve Alysha Clark had 11 points. Seattle is the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference and faces No. 1 seed Minnesota in the first round.
Thompson is the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer (7,488).