Tina Charles Leads Sun Over Shock

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Tina Charles had a monstrous double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Connecticut Sun over the Tulsa Shock, 86-75, at the BOK Center on July 6. Charles' double-double was her 10th of the season and was complemented by Asjha Jones' 14 points and 10 assists.

The Sun opened the game on a 9-0 run which contributed to the Shock's largest deficit after one quarter this season, 25-10. Ivory Latta sparked a 17-2 run to open the second quarter to tie the game, 27-27, with 6:32 left in the second quarter but the Sun answered with a 12-2 run to once again extend their lead to double digits, 39-27. The Sun led by 12, 46-34, at halftime.

“We dug ourselves a hole in the beginning. We came out of the box a little slow. We fell asleep on a couple offensive rebounds, allowed them to have some put-backs and got a little careless with the ball tonight. Overall once we turned it around, the second group came in with some great energy to cut the lead and actually tie it up at 27. That’s the energy we need to come out with. That’s the energy that we need to stay in order for us to be contenders in this league.”

Latta had her third 20-plus point game this season with a team-high 24 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the three-point line. Kayla Pedersen was the only other Shock player in double-figures with 10 points. Pedersen also led the team in assists with five, The Shock outscored the Sun 65-61 in the final three quarters but were unable to overcome their first half deficit.

“Looking at it, we outscored them all of the second, third and fourth quarters," Head Coach Gary Kloppenburg said. "We played them and even outscored them. We’re a team that has no margin for error. We’ve got to play well. We can’t have any type of letdowns in any of those quarters. We got really good shots tonight and then missed some easy shots inside. We need to make those against a team like this. If you don’t make those shots inside, they’re coming back down and scoring at the other end.”

Tulsa pulled to within three points at 55-52 with 4:02 left in the third quarter but that was the closest Tulsa would get for the remainder of the game.

The Shock next play against the Washington Mystics on Sunday July 8 at 3 p.m. at the BOK Center. Kids 12 and under will get free admission to the game.

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