Shock Lose Heartbreaker in OT

They were not playing for a playoff spot. It was not post-season play. But the Tulsa Shock played hard and tough in their final game of the season, against the San Antonio Silver Stars, Sept. 11. But the Shock came up short in overtime play and loss to the Silver Stars, 102-94.

Tulsa jumped out to an early lead, distancing themselves from San Antonio by as many as six. After being down 14-8, the Silver Stars went on a 14-2 run to flip the deficit. The first quarter ended with San Antonio ahead by three, 25-22. It was the Shock who went on the 14-2 run in the second, fighting back to regain the lead. Tulsa finished the first half with a season-high points scored in one quarter, leading 52-51.

Both teams kept it close in the third quarter. Tulsa opened up the half with a 7-0 run; San Antonio responded with an 8-0 run. But the Shock held on to their lead and went into the final quarter of the game up 71-67.

The Silver Stars grabbed the lead once again at 82-81, but the Shock’s final push would put them back on top in the final minutes of the game. San Antonio guard Danielle Robinson, added to her 36 points for the night with a layup shot to tie up the game, 90-90, with about 24 seconds on the clock. Andrea Riley missed her last second shot at the end of regulation and Tulsa headed into its first overtime on home turf.

San Antonio put up nine unanswered points in the first three minutes. The Shock would not score until Liz Cambage made a basket with 1:16 left on the clock. Tulsa was 1-for-9 in overtime and outscored by San Antonio 12-4.

“That was a good one,” Interim Head Coach Teresa Edwards said. “I wish we would have had a better play at the end. We just couldn’t get a basket. It was their game. First two-and-a-half minutes into overtime, you could tell they had the flow of it.”

It was a long year for the Shock, but the season is in the record books, and the players are already looking ahead.

“It’s been a challenge and it’s been fun,” Sheryl Swoopes said. “The one thing I loved about this team was regardless of what was going on or what our record was, no one ever quit. We continued to work hard; we continued to get better. The fans came out and continued to support us, and you really can’t ask for more than that when you are not having the type of season that you really want to have. I am really glad I had the opportunity to come back and play this season. I am glad I made the decision to do it, and hopefully I can come back and do it again next year.”

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