Pondexter lifts Liberty over Shock in OT

  • Article by: DOUG FEINBERGAP BASKETBALL WRITER
  • Updated: May 31, 2013 - 11:04 PM

Tulsa had one last shot, but video showed layup came after buzzer.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Cappie Pondexter didn’t think her game-winning shot was going to go in.

It touched just about every part of the rim before dropping through the net with five-tenths of a second left, giving the New York Liberty a 78-76 victory over the Tulsa Shock on Friday night.

“It left my hand pretty weird, but I got lucky with the shooter’s bounce,” Pondexter said of her jumper from just outside the lane.

She caught the ball at the top of the key and dribbled to her right before pulling up for the shot.

“I’ll go to battle with her making the last shot every day of the week,” Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer said. “I’ll give her the ball and let her do her thing. She can shoot over any big player that is out there. It’s important we waited till the last possible second to get a good shot.”

Tulsa had one last chance, but Glory Johnson’s layup came just after the buzzer. The officials went to the monitor to review whether the shot was good or not and ruled it came just after.

“It was pretty close I want to say,” said Johnson, who finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds. “If they got it by my fingernail maybe. I was looking up at the clock and thought I released the ball then the light went off.”

It was just another tough loss for the young Shock (0-3).

“We’re a work in progress,” Tulsa coach Gary Kloppenburg said. “We have a lot of young players that haven’t played together. We’ve only had a few practices. I feel like we’re the type of team that could be pretty good down the road.”

Liz Cambage scored 22 points to lead Tulsa before injuring her left ankle in overtime.

“I’m angry, I was just starting to work my way back,” said Cambage, who broke her wrist in the offseason. “I should only be out for a week or two but I’m angry.”

Rookie Skylar Diggins had a tough game scoring just seven points, going 2 for 11 from the field in front of rap superstar Jay-Z.

He was sitting courtside next to Diggins’ parents for the first 11/2 quarters before leaving to catch a flight to London. Jay-Z’s sports agency Roc Nation signed Diggins in April and gave her a new white Mercedes when she graduated from Notre Dame a few weeks ago.

The teams traded baskets in overtime before Kara Braxton’s layup with 1:47 left put the Liberty ahead 75-73. Johnson had two chances on the other end but missed two layups. On the play, Cambage went down with a left ankle injury.

Pondexter missed a runner with 18 seconds left that would have made it a four-point lead, but Braxton was there for the rebound to give the Liberty another possession.

Essence Carson, who led New York with 18 points, converted one free throw to make it 76-73 with 14.8 left.

Nicole Powell, who spent the previous three seasons with the Liberty before being traded to the Shock in the offseason, tied it at 76 with 11 seconds left in overtime when she hit a deep 3-pointer from well beyond the top of the key.

Diggins had a quiet game with Jay-Z around, going scoreless. Once he left, the third pick in the WNBA draft got going, helping Tulsa rally from an eight-point first half deficit. She had all but one of her points in the second half.

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