The Norman Transcript

August 21, 2013

Taurasi, Dupree lead Mercury past Shock

Associated Press
The Associated Press

TULSA — Diana Taurasi had 28 points and 10 assists, Candice Dupree added 20 points and 10 rebounds, and the Phoenix Mercury held off the Tulsa Shock, 89-86, on Tuesday night.

Brittney Griner had 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Mercury (14-12) beat the Shock for the third time in 11 days.

Riquna Williams scored 23 points, Liz Cambage had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Tiffany Jackson-Jones added 13 points for Tulsa (8-18).

After the Shock trimmed Phoenix’s 13-point lead to two late in the fourth, Taurasi made four free throws in the final 15 seconds to seal the Mercury’s win.

Trailing 32-29 at halftime, Phoenix outscored Tulsa 27-15 in the third quarter to take a nine-point lead.

Tulsa pulled to 66-62 early in the fourth, but Phoenix scored the next nine points — including six straight by Dupree — to stretch the lead to 13 with 5:05 to play.