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 Alysha Clark had 11 points off the bench. Seattle is the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference and faces No. 1 seed Minnesota in the first round.
Jennifer Lacy came off the bench to lead Tulsa with 21 points. The Shock had 15 turnovers and were 24 of 65 from the field while making all 19 of their free throws.
Sequoyah grad Angel Goodrich finished her rookie season with nine points.