The Shock Factor

Tulsa's ladies are bouncing back in a big way.

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Photo by Shane Bevel/NBAE, courtesy Tulsa Shock.

Photo by Shane Bevel/NBAE, courtesy Tulsa Shock.

Six years ago, Tulsa was shocked with the news of becoming the home of a transplant WNBA team: The Tulsa Shock. But what became even more shocking was the team’s losing record that followed its move from Detroit. Just last year, the Tulsa Shock finished the season with a 12-22 record, an unfortunate best since arriving in Tulsa in 2010. This season, it seems the team of young players has found its groove, and its community along with the sports world has taken notice. Becoming one of the most competitive teams in the league, the Tulsa Shock’s current 8-1 record places them at No. 1 in the WNBA’s Western Conference.

Coming off its 93-89 win against the Seattle Storm at the BOK center, it is clear that they’ve found a new competitive confidence. Coach Fred Williams described his team to ESPN as “resilient,” and after a win last week in the one of the toughest houses in the WNBA – Minneapolis’ Target Center, home of the Lynx – that resilience became palpable. This week ESPN released a story highlighting Tulsa’s leading ladies saying, “In first place in the Western Conference after reeling off eight straight wins, the Shock are more than competing. They are setting the pace in the West.” See that article, “Shock an appropriate name for first-place Tulsa,” here.

The Tulsa Shock is in Seattle tonight for a rematch against the Storm at 9 p.m. central. shock.wnba.com

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