WNBA

Shock-Mystics Preview

Share This Story

   
 

With second-leading scorer Liz Cambage back and Tiffany Jackson-Jones nearing her return, the Tulsa Shock hope to begin working their way up the West Conference standings.

A date with the struggling Washington Mystics might be a good place to start.

The Shock go for their first win on their four-game road swing Sunday when they visit the Mystics, losers of five straight.

Despite falling to 0-2 on its trip, Tulsa (3-9) had reason for optimism with the return of Cambage in an 80-69 loss at Indiana on Friday.

The center finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and four blocks in 18 minutes off the bench after missing eight games with an ankle injury. Cambage, averaging 16.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks, should give the team a much-needed defensive presence inside.

The Shock, last in the West, have a minus-5.6 rebounding differential - the second-worst margin in the WNBA. They're also allowing 83.3 points per game on 47.2 percent shooting - both among the league's worst.

"We've got to step it up on defense and take some pride in our defense," rookie guard Skylar Diggins said.

Tulsa is still waiting on Tiffany Jackson-Jones, who hasn't played because of a stress fracture in her ankle. The forward missed last season due to her pregnancy after leading the Shock with 12.4 points per game in 2011.

According to reports, she's expected to return for Tulsa's next home game July 11 against Los Angeles.

Forward Glory Johnson has stepped up, averaging a team-best 17.8 points and 10.6 rebounds. Johnson, though, looks to bounce back after being held to 11 on 4-of-13 shooting in Friday's loss - her lowest total since the season opener.

Nicole Powell led the Shock with a season-high 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting and has averaged 15.3 over her last four games.

Tulsa may be able to put up some points against a Washington team that has given up 90.4 points per game during its season-worst skid.

Though Washington (4-6) opened the game with a 10-0 run, it allowed an opponent to shoot over 50.0 percent for the third time in four contests Friday in an 86-75 loss at Atlanta.

Monique Currie has totaled 37 points in her last two games after finishing with a team-high 20 on 8-of-11 shooting against the Dream.

"We know how to start games, but we don't know how to finish them,'' guard Ivory Latta said. "That's an area we have struggled with so far this season. It's something we have to correct.''

Latta, the team's leading scorer at 15.9 points per game, will try to break out of her recent slump. She's averaged 9.7 points on 11-of-28 shooting in her last three games.

Latta had a season-high 27 to lead Washington to a 95-90 win at Tulsa on May 27.

Roneeka Hodges had season highs with 22 points and six 3-pointers for the Shock, while Cambage and Johnson combined for 41 and 24 rebounds in that meeting.

Tulsa has lost three straight in the nation's capital.

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by


FOX SPORTS Videos

Why is LeSean McCoy practicing blindfolded? Posted: Aug 12, 2014
Donovan McNabb and Mike Garafolo talk Eagles RB 'Shady' McCoy.

Could Richie Incognito get another NFL job? Posted: Aug 12, 2014
Donovan McNabb and Mike Garafolo talk Richie Incognito.

Byron Scott: No Laker Can Beat Me In Horse - @TheBuzzeronFOX Posted: Aug 12, 2014
The Lakers new coach is still pretty confident in his shot. Kobe Bryant might ha...

More Than Sports on MSN

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Mitchell & Ness Boston Celtics #33 Larry Bird Green Authentic Throwback Jersey http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Boston_Celtics/browse/featuredproduct/118804/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_118000/FF_118804_xl.jpg&w=100 249.95 Mitchell & Ness Boston Celtics #33 Larry Bird Green Authentic Throwback Jersey
    adidas Los Angeles Lakers Purple Primary Logo T-shirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Los_Angeles_Lakers/browse/featuredproduct/172442/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_172000/FF_172442_xl.jpg&w=100 19.95 adidas Los Angeles Lakers Purple Primary Logo T-shirt
    adidas Miami Heat Black Primary Logo T-shirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Miami_Heat/browse/featuredproduct/173566/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_173000/FF_173566_xl.jpg&w=100 19.95 adidas Miami Heat Black Primary Logo T-shirt
    adidas Chicago Bulls Red Primary Logo T-shirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Chicago_Bulls/browse/featuredproduct/173568/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_173000/FF_173568_xl.jpg&w=100 19.95 adidas Chicago Bulls Red Primary Logo T-shirt
    adidas Boston Celtics #33 Larry Bird White Hardwood Classics Swingman Basketball Jersey http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Boston_Celtics/browse/featuredproduct/177922/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_177000/FF_177922_xl.jpg&w=100 89.95 adidas Boston Celtics #33 Larry Bird White Hardwood Classics Swingman Basketball..
    adidas Atlanta Hawks #21 Dominique Wilkins Red Hardwood Classics Swingman Basketball Jersey http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Atlanta_Hawks/browse/featuredproduct/177923/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_177000/FF_177923_xl.jpg&w=100 89.95 adidas Atlanta Hawks #21 Dominique Wilkins Red Hardwood Classics Swingman Basket..
    adidas Los Angeles Lakers #32 Magic Johnson Hardwood Classics Swingman Basketball Jersey - Gold http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Los_Angeles_Lakers/browse/featuredproduct/177924/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_177000/FF_177924_xl.jpg&w=100 89.95 adidas Los Angeles Lakers #32 Magic Johnson Hardwood Classics Swingman Basketbal..
    adidas New York Knicks #19 Willis Reed Royal Blue Hardwood Classics Swingman Basketball Jersey http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_New_York_Knicks/browse/featuredproduct/178326/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_178000/FF_178326_xl.jpg&w=100 89.95 adidas New York Knicks #19 Willis Reed Royal Blue Hardwood Classics Swingman Bas..
    adidas Philadelphia 76ers #6 Julius Erving Royal Blue Hardwood Classics Swingman Basketball Jersey http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Philadelphia_76ers/browse/featuredproduct/178582/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_178000/FF_178582_xl.jpg&w=100 89.95 adidas Philadelphia 76ers #6 Julius Erving Royal Blue Hardwood Classics Swingman..
    adidas Houston Rockets #34 Hakeem Olajuwon Red Hardwood Classics Swingman Basketball Jersey http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Houston_Rockets/browse/featuredproduct/178773/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_178000/FF_178773_xl.jpg&w=100 89.95 adidas Houston Rockets #34 Hakeem Olajuwon Red Hardwood Classics Swingman Basket..