Fourth overtime in eight games brings same result for the Shock

Tulsa Shock

Half of the Shock games this season – HALF! – have gone the distance and beyond.

Unfortunately, the end result in each has been a Tulsa loss.TulsaShockwithOsage

The Phoenix Mercury defeated the Shock, 108-103 in OT, at the BOK Center on Father’s Day.  Tulsa falls to 1-7 on the year.

Shock guard Riquna Williams sent the game to the extra session, nailing a three-pointer with 0.3 seconds left to tie the contest, 93-93.

Diana Taurasi had a game-high 29 points, including five in overtime, and led the Mercury to their third straight win.  Phoenix is now 3-3.

This one was billed as the first matchup between Skylar Diggins and Brittney Griner, two of the WNBA’s “3 to See” in 2013.  It was also the first trip to the BOK Center for Griner.

Diggins did her part for the home crowd, scoring 22 and dishing out eight assists.

Griner was one of four to score in double figures for the Mercury, but the only one with less than 20 points.  She had 16 points and five rebounds.

Shock coach Gary Kloppenburg continued to encourage his team as it is trying to find some kind of momentum.

“To win a game like this you almost have to play perfect,” Kloppenburg said.  “I told the players in the locker room that I was extremely proud of their effort.  I think if we can just keep playing like this, get some confidence, we can get ourselves on a roll.”