ANOTHER CLOSE LOSS FOR TULSA
The Tulsa Shock (0-7) lost 98-91 in overtime to Chicago at Rosemount, Ill. So they will have less rest and arrive later than the Lynx for their game on Saturday night at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla.
Guard Ivory Latta scored 25 points and Scholanda Dorrell and rookie Glory Johnson 17 apiece for Tulsa, a team which lost three earlier games by three points or fewer.
On Friday, Epiphanny Prince saved the game for the Sky (5-1). She scored eight points in the final 29 seconds of regulation, including a game-tying three pointer at the buzzer. In overtime, she had eight more points to finish with 32. It was her third consecutive gave with more than 30 points, tying a league record.
Sylvia Fowles had 14 points and tied a career record with 21 rebounds. ... Guard Shay Murphy, a former Lynx player, has left the Sky to fulfill a contractual obligation to play for Montenegro's national team. She will miss five games.
Tulsa shot 40.8 percent from the field --- the first time they were over 40 percent in six games. But the Shock were only 20 of 32 on the free throw line and were outrebounded 45-31.
The Shock stayed close because they only had 16 turnovers; the Sky had 27.
Seven players scored in double figures as Connecticut beat Indiana on the road, 89-81. Guard Kara Lawson had 18 points for the Sun and two players had double doubles. Tina Charles and Asjha Jones had 12 points apiece. Charles also had 14 rebounds, Jones 12 as the Sun outrebounded the Fever 42-33.
Tamika Catchings led the Fever with 31 points, but missed part of the third quarter after a teammate elbowed her in the face. During that time, the Sun went on an 8-0 run. Katie Douglas had 23 points for Indiana (4-2), which dropped out of a tie for first in the East.
The Sun (5-1) and Chicago remain tied for the top spot.
There were 10 lead changes in the game.
* New York took a 35-13 lead in the first quarter en route to a 76-50 victory at Washington. Cappie Pondexter was nine of 13 from the field and led the Liberty (3-5) with 25 points. New York has won three games in a row after a 0-5 start. Crystal Langhorne had 24 points for the Mystics.
* Atlanta edged San Antonio 60-57. Angel McCoughtry had 16 points and Lindsey Harding 14 for the Dream. Sophia Young led the Silver Stars with 21. San Antonio coach Dan Hughes got ejected in the second quarter after arguing a call. Neither team shots well from the field, on threes nor at the free throw line.
* Los Angeles (6-1) stayed on the Lynx's heels by crushing Phoenix 90-74. Rookie Nneka Ogwmike had 25 points and 12 rebounds and Candace Parker 23 points and 10 Rebounds for the Sparks. Charde Houston, the ex-Lynx, led Phoenix with 22 points; she made four of her five shots from three-point range. DeWanna Bonner had 18 points for the Mercury.
The Sparks have signed Coco Miller, the former high school star at Rochester Mayo. She played 22 minutes in her first game for LA, but was zero for four from the field. She had four rebounds and two assists versus two turnovers. Miller is an 11-year WNBA veteran, but was cut by Atlanta in training camp.