Shock must adjust after losing their best player to injury

It’s never easy when your leading scorer goes out with a season ending injury, and for the Tulsa Shock, they will certainly be struggling for wins without Skylar Diggins in the lineup.

Tulsa’s star point-guard will miss the remainder of the 2015 WNBA season with a torn right anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). She will undergo ACL reconstructive surgery.

The injury occurred with 44 seconds remaining in the Shock’s game against Seattle on June 28. The Shock won 93-89 and Diggins scored 31 points in the game, which was her season high.

At the time of her injury, Diggins was leading the Shock in minutes per game, 32, and in points per game, 17.8.  She was also averaging five assists per game and was ranked fourth in the league in both scoring and assists.

“I’m focused on getting healthy and stepping on the court even stronger,” Diggins said in a statement released by the team. “For the remainder of this season, I will continue to support my teammates in every way possible.”

Diggins is in her third season out of Notre Dame, and was the WNBA’s Most Improved Player and a First-Team All-Star in 2014.

Tulsa had won eight straight games before Diggins missed the first game of the recent road trip in Seattle. Since losing Diggins, the Shock has lost three straight games (with a game scheduled for this past Tuesday in Atlanta).

Riquna Williams, who just passed the 1,000-point career milestone, is averaging 13.9 points per game, and she will be leaned on heavily to pick up the slack left with the departure of Diggins.

Odyssey Sims, who suffered a knee injury in a home win over Seattle on June 9, could be a big boost to the Shock lineup when she returns to action. She averaged 17 points per game in her first three games this season.

Sims is expected to be in the lineup during the Shock’s next home game against Los Angeles on July 11.

The Shock will certainly miss Diggins, and it’s too bad there is no hope for her return to the lineup this season, but this is a solid team; the best we’ve seen in the six seasons the franchise has been in Tulsa. With an 8-4 record, and battling for first place in the Western Conference, Tulsa still has a great shot of making the WNBA playoffs this season. That is, if the team doesn’t reverse the eight-game winning streak with an eight-game losing streak.

OKLAHOMA GOLF HALL OF FAME

Sponsor tables and individual seating for the first Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony are now on sale. Both sponsor tables and individual seats can be purchased at www.oklahomagolfhof.org. The banquet is Oct. 25 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a social hour, followed by a three-course dinner at 7 p.m. and the presentation of the inductees at 8 p.m.

The first class consists of Gil Morgan, Mike Holder, Bob Dickson, Charlie Coe, Perry Maxwell and Bill Spiller. Also recognized will be the members of the Women’s Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame who are being moved into the Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame following a successful merger.

For those who prefer to pay by check, print out the reservation form on the website and mail the form and check to: Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame, 6218 S. Lewis Ave., Ste. 200, Tulsa, OK 74136.

WORLD CLASS BASKETBALL

Oral Roberts University women’s basketball players, Dorottya Balla and Fejes Fruzsina, have been selected to represent Hungary in the 2015 World University Games in Gwangju, Korea. The Tournament began last weekend.

Balla finished her sophomore season with the Golden Eagles and is from Pecs, Hungary, while Fruzsina signed her National Letter of Intent in November and enrolled in classes at ORU during the spring semester. Fruzsina is a native of Miskolc, Hungary.

Hungary is competing in Group A of the round robin format along with Canada, South Korea and Mozambique.

With four groups, the winners of each group will advance to the quarterfinal round of tournament play concluding with the medal rounds July 12 and 13.

Balla started in 30 games for ORU in 2014-15 and averaged 8.5 points per game while leading the Golden Eagles from behind the three-point line at 30 percent.

She was also one of the best free throw shooters in The Summit League finishing at 82.8 percent on the season.

Fruzsina made her way to ORU during the spring semester after winning a national championship with her 18-under team in Hungary. She was also named team MVP in 2011 and 2012 and helped the Hungarian national team to a second place finish in the European B-Division Championships.

The United States is competing in Group B with Italy, Czech Republic and China and features a number of former opponents for the Golden Eagles. Tennessee standout Diamond DeShields and Baylor star, Nina Davis lead the USA roster.