Skylar Diggins hits scoring milestone

It didn’t take long for Skylar Diggins to reach the 1,000-point milestone. The Tulsa Shock guard reached the mark in last Wednesday’s home game against the Seattle Storm. Tulsa won the game 68-45. This is her third season in the WNBA and it was only the 69th game of her career.

Diggins reached the career milestone on two free throws at 2:28 of the third quarter, taking her total points to 1,001 for her career. Those were her last two points of the game.

The Notre Dame product played in 32 games her rookie season (2013), she played all 34 games last season, and this was her third game this season.

Diggins has become a prolific scorer, having scored 272 points in her rookie campaign and tallying 683 points last year on her way to being named the 2014 WNBA Most Improved Player of the year. She also finished the season ranked second in the league in per-game scoring average with 20.1 ppg., just behind league MVP Maya Moore (23.9).

The Shock played at San Antonio on Sunday, as Diggins scored 21 points to lead the team to a 73-62 win over the Stars. Jordan Hooper added 11 points, while Courtney Paris scored 10 points and grabbed a career high 19 rebounds. Karima Christmas also had 10 points in the game.

Tulsa (3-1) also hosted San Antonio (0-3) at the BOK Center, Tuesday morning, as this paper went to print. The next home game for the Shock is June 26 at 7:00 p.m. against the New York Liberty.

ROUGHNECKS LOSE AT OKC

Oklahoma City Energy won for the fifth straight time, by beating the Tulsa Roughnecks FC, 2-0, in Oklahoma City on Saturday night. Tulsa’s record drops to 4-6-2 on the season, but the Roughnecks remain in a tie for eighth place in the Western Conference with the Portland Timbers 2. Oklahoma City is now 7-2-3.

In the 26th minute, Oklahoma City’s Kyle Greig took a shot that was stopped by Tulsa goalkeeper Zac Lubin, but Energy forward Danni Konig was there to knock the rebound into the goal, giving OKC a 1-0 lead.

Just a couple minutes into the second half, Oklahoma City scored again when midfielder Gareth Evans headed in a corner kick from Chuy Sanchez to make it 2-0.

This Saturday the Roughnecks make their second trip of the season to Austin, Texas. It will be the third meeting of the season between the two teams with the Aztex posting a 2-0 win in Tulsa and the Roughnecks recording a 1-0 victory in Austin. The next home match for the Roughnecks will be June 15 at 7:30 p.m., against the Sacramento Republic at ONEOK Field.

BIKING FOR BIG BROTHERS

I’ve often thought it would be really cool to visit every Major League Baseball stadium in my lifetime; to do it in one season would be unbelievable. I’ve been to baseball games in 12 MLB stadiums, but that leaves 18 more to go. I play trumpet, and have even given some thought to try to get invited to play the National Anthem in each Major League park, but haven’t pursued that idea.

Well, Matt Stoltz is riding his bicycle to every Major League Baseball stadium this season to raise funds for charity. He began opening day in Seattle on April 6, and will be riding solo and unsupported on an 11,155 mile journey to all 30 MLB ballparks. He will spend 180 nights on the road.

Along his ride Stoltz is raising money and attention for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Milwaukee and Biking for Baseball.

Stoltz stopped off in Tulsa last week to catch a Drillers game, on his way from Houston to Kansas City. It is the only minor league stop he has made, and he doesn’t intend to visit any other minor league parks along the way.

The 22-year old Wisconsin native has a history of crazy charitable endeavors but nothing to the scale of 6 months on the road and 11,000 miles on the bike. You can make a donation and help support Stoltz by visiting his web site – www.bikingforbaseball.org.