9:00 PM ET, June 1, 2014
Key Arena, Seattle, WA
The Seattle Storm have probably had enough of playing on the road. The winless Tulsa Shock are likely feeling the same way.The Storm get a brief respite from a grueling amount of road games in the early part of their season when they host the Shock on Sunday.Seattle (1-5) opened 2014 with a home loss to Los Angeles before embarking on a five-game trip that featured four matchups against Eastern Conference teams. Three of the Storm's four losses on the swing came by at least 11 points.Things aren't going to get any easier for Seattle in the coming weeks. After hosting Tulsa, the Storm play five of their next six away from home."All teams go through road trips," veteran guard Sue Bird said. "I wouldn't say it's that. I just think we haven't been closing out games."That was the case at Atlanta on Friday night. The Storm led by seven early in the second half but lost 80-69.Crystal Langhorne had 21 points and 11 rebounds and reserve Temeka Johnson added 13 points for Seattle, which outscored Atlanta 32-4 in bench points but had 18 turnovers. The Storm's four starters besides Langhorne combined to score just 16."I don't think fatigue played a factor in this game. We didn't make plays at the end, and Atlanta did," said Langhorne, who scored only seven points after halftime. "We can't think too much about this loss. We just have to refocus and expect to play better."Bird's struggles continued, hitting 1 of 8 shots and finishing with three points. She is shooting a career-worst 32.8 percent from the field.The Shock, who are the only WNBA team without a victory, are also a bit road-weary and will be happy to return home after this contest concludes a three-game trip. They have played in Oklahoma only once this season.Tulsa (0-4) hopes to notch its first win before beginning a four-game homestand and might like its chances after taking three of five meetings with the Storm last season, including two victories in Seattle.The Shock breezed through a 3-0 preseason and their first three losses in the regular season came by a total of eight points before they were completely dismantled by Phoenix in a 100-78 defeat Friday.Riquna Williams scored a game-high 27 points and Skylar Diggins continued her solid start to her second season with 20, but Tulsa was outrebounded 34-24 and didn't attempt its first free throw until four minutes had elapsed in the second half.The Shock finished 9 for 12 at the line, while the Mercury were 34 of 39."Mentally, it does, it affects you," coach Fred Williams said of the disparity in free throws. "All you can do is keep coaching through it. I have a young team that's really learning a lot of things."Tulsa hopes to have a healthy Odyssey Sims against Seattle after the starting rookie guard was held scoreless in 10 minutes against Phoenix because of an undisclosed illness.