Dream Survives Shock's Late Rally
After falling behind by 14 at halftime, the Shock's second-half rally fell short as the Dream prevailed, 102-92, at the BOK Center on June 29. Angel McCoughtry had 24 points on 8-of-16 from the field to lead the Dream. McCoughtry is now averaging 26.7 points a game versus the Shock over the last three games.
“They have great players over there," Ivory Latta said. "Angel is one of the best in the WNBA. They’ve got a great point guard in Lindsey Harding. Whenever we tried to get over that hump, something always happened. These next couple of days we’ve got to regroup and get ready.”
Kayla Pedersen had a season-high 14 points to go along with eight rebounds, four assists and two steals and was one of six Shock players to score in double-figures. Ivory Latta and Glory Johnson led the Shock with 16 points each while Temeka Johnson added 12 points and eight assists. The 92 points scored by the Shock is the highest offensive output for the team this season.
“I didn’t feel like that first half we had our defensive energy like that we had the other night against LA," Head Coach Gary Kloppenburg said. "This is a really good scoring team. They have probably the premier scorer in the league with McCoughtry and then Lyttle inside. They’re a very good scoring team. That first half we kind of dug our hole. I thought the second half we found some energy and got back in and competed but we had dug such a deep hole. It’s hard to get out of a deep hole like that against a high level team like this.”
The Dream got a lift from rookie Tiffany Hayes who had a career-high 15 points and Aneika Henry who had 14 points on seven-of-seven shooting from the field. The Dream had an astounding shooting night as they shot a season-high 60.9 percent (39-64) from the field and connected on 18-of-22 free throws.
“They shot 61 percent," Kloppenburg said. "That’s going to be difficult to beat a team. Part of that was our defense. I just didn't feel like we kept people in front of us. Our one-on-one defense was poor, allowing penetration. They shot the three very well. They came in here and played very well. They did not let down against us and that’s a very good team over there.”
After going on a 12-4 run to open the fourth quarter, Tulsa cut Atlanta's lead to just 10, 88-78, and got it down to as low as six, 95-89, with 1:52 left in the fourth quarter but that's as close as they would get as Sancho Lyttle, Aneika Henry and McCoughtry had key field goals late to secure the Dream's victory,
“We didn’t come out with a lot of energy. It’s hard to come back from that in the end," Pedersen said. "In the second half we really picked it up. Defensively we gave them a lot of layups. That’s why they shot well.”