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June 17, 2013

Mercury beat Shock in OT

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TULSA, Okla. —

Bonner finished with 23 points for the Mercury (3-3), hitting some clutch perimeter shots whenever the Shock (1-7) got close.

Candice Dupree added 20 points and 10 rebounds while Brittney Griner had 16 points and five blocked shots. Houston came off the bench to score 10 points.

Tulsa had three players set career highs offensively. Glory Johnson scored a game-high 32 points. She also had 15 rebounds.

Skylar Diggins added 22 points. Candice Wiggins added 14 for the Shock.

Tulsa’s struggles in the low post continued with the absence of Tiffany Jackson-Jones (stress fracture) and Liz Cambage (ankle) as the Mercury outrebounded the Shock.

The second half had eight ties and 11 lead changes before Taurasi took over, scoring eight points in the overtime.

Taurasi said she expects big things from the Shock in the future.

“He has them playing as hard as anyone in the league,” Taurasi said of Kloppenburg. “Once they get Lizzie (Liz Cambage) back with the outside game they have and the inside game they will have, they are going to be tough.”

But Tulsa didn’t go quietly on Sunday.

In the first half, the Shock harassed Taurasi and Bonner into 5-of-18 shooting from the field.

And when Kloppenburg went to the smaller, quicker lineup — including Goodrich and Williams — Tulsa ran at will. During one stretch in the first half, Williams hit five consecutive baskets, including a pair of 3-pointers to allow the Shock to climb back into the game after being down eight points early.

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