The long-suffering Tulsa Shock are now suffering just a little bit less! Since we checked in with them on Friday—when they seemed on track to surpass the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers for the worst losing streak in NBA/WNBA history—the Shock have tripled their win count for the season.
Friday night, Sheryl Swoopes knocked down a jumper in the closing seconds to beat the Los Angeles Sparks, 77-75, breaking the Shock's seemingly unstoppable 20-game losing streak. Last night, Tulsa followed that up with an 11-point victory over the Connecticut Sun. Their winning streak is at two games and counting. Next up, to avoid another place in the history books: With one more victory in their final six games, they'll have a better winning percentage than the worst-ever 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers.
Consider this, even if you are one of the majority of humans who have never considered a single thing about the WNBA before: After setting the record for the WNBA's longest losing streak this summer, and challenging the NBA's all-time worst marks, the Shock have a chance to avoid being the worst team in the league this year. This is the "Family & Friends Room" of the WNBA's regular season. The Washington Mystics are now 5-23 and on an eight-game losing streak of their own. They have six games remaining on their schedule; if the streak continues, they'll end the season at 5-29. Tulsa, meanwhile, could theoretically end up at 9-25.
The Shock's unwearied game reporter, Danielle Parker, did not yet file a game report for either win.