Shock Fall To Sun In OT

The Connecticut Sun survived a heart pounding overtime to defeat the Tulsa Shock, 82-80, August 21, 2012 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.

Roneeka Hodges opened the game and helped edge the Shock ahead scoring nine points to put Tulsa ahead 15-8 with 4:31 left. The Sun quickly answered and ended the first quarter on a 11-0 run to make it 19-15. The second quarter proved a competitive contest with the Sun edging the Shock to lead 40-34 at the half.

Ivory Latta led the Shock with eight points to pull the Shock within in two at 54-52 at the end of the third quarter. The Shock opened the fourth quarter with a quick 8-3 run from 8:59 to 7:41 to tie at 60-60. With 5:50 left Tulsa took the lead 66-65 with a layup from Jennifer Lacy. With 1:41 left in the game a Hodges hit a clutch three-pointer to give Tulsa the lead 74-72. With 13. seconds. left in regulation Kalana Greene got the layup Connecticut needed to tie 74-74 and send the game into overtime.

Overtime was a back and fourth contest. With 0:18.2 left Temeka Johnson hit a layup to give the Shock the lead 80-79. Connecticut answered with a three-pointer from Lawson with 11.1 seconds left in overtime to make it 82-80. It was Shock ball with 1.9 seconds left Latta missed a game winning three.

Six Shock players scored in double figures. Temeka Johnson led the Shock with 14 points and seven assists. Glory Johnson grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds. Lacy earned 14 points, while Latta had 13. Hodges grabbed a season-high six rebounds and added 13 points. Amber Holt had a season-high 12 points.

The Sun had five players score in double figures. Lawson led the Sun with 19 points, while Mistie Mims earned a double-double with eleven rebounds and eleven points. Tina Charles earned 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Renee Montgomery scored 16 points off the bench.

The Sun is now 17-5 overall and 2-1 in overtime this season. Connecticut remains in first place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Shock are now 0-2 in overtime and have not won a road game this season.

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