After surprising the Lynx’s closest pursuer in the Western Conference, the Shock hope they are poised for another upset.
With a visit from Los Angeles looming, Minnesota will try to keep from overlooking the Shock and beat them for the 11th consecutive time Friday night.
Minnesota (20-4), which has already clinched a playoff spot, has won 10 straight meetings with Tulsa (6-19) since a loss May 23, 2010, including four this season by an average of 20.0 points. Three of those victories are part of the Lynx’s overall seven-game winning streak.
The Lynx pounded the Shock 83-59 on Aug. 19 at home, where they are 12-1.
However, Tulsa is coming off a stunning 92-74 victory over Los Angeles, snapping the Sparks’ nine-game winning streak. Now, the Shock - 2-10 on the road - will try to catch the Lynx looking ahead to their showdown with the Sparks on Tuesday.
Minnesota continued its hot streak Tuesday, defeating San Antonio 96-84 while outrebounding the Silver Stars 52-31 overall and 19-7 on the offensive glass.
Rebekkah Brunson led the way with a team-record 20 boards while adding 17 points, and she’s averaging 19.3 points and 15.7 rebounds over her last three games.
Lynx teammate Taj McWilliams-Franklin had a season-high 19 points, but her seven rebounds gave her 1,052, moving past Yolanda Griffith’s 1,049 for the WNBA career record.
“I’m thankful to have my name first, and in a couple years it will be someone else’s and I’ll move down the line,” McWilliams-Franklin said. “But for now I’m just proud I’m here and able to continue playing, able to be someone the Minnesota Lynx can depend on.”
Maya Moore, who had 14 points and nine boards against San Antonio, has been a driving force behind Minnesota’s dominance of the Shock this year, averaging 25.0 points in the four meetings - nearly 10 more than her season average.
Tulsa is going for its first three-game regular-season winning streak since Sept. 1-6, 2009, during the franchise’s final season in Detroit.
Ivory Latta had 21 points and a career-best 14 assists in Thursday’s victory over Los Angeles. The Tulsa guard is averaging 16.7 points over her last three games, but has totaled nine in the last two meetings with Minnesota.
Temeka Johnson has also been ineffective against the Lynx recently, totaling 17 points over the past three matchups. It’s unclear if she will suit up for this contest after she sat out Thursday’s victory with abdominal and ankle injuries.