Even when the Tulsa Shock play well, they just can't seem to finish games. Tonight, the Shock lost their 10th straight game to the Connecticut Sun 80-74.
To start the game, the Shock were visibly energized and seemed to have the right mindset to win for the first time in 45 days. Tulsa made a point to run early and often on offense. Led by guards Karima Christmas and Odyssey Sims, the Shock gained a 48-41 lead at halftime.
Everything was going well for the Shock until the second half. That's when the team began to unravel. Tulsa managed just 13 points in the third quarter. Sims finished the first half with 14 points but scored only one point the rest of the way.
The Shock had numerous chances to get themselves in a position to win and couldn't do it. The Sun only led by four at the end of the third quarter. Connecticut's largest lead was seven before things got out of hand.
During the first half, the Connecticut Sun were just trying to keep pace with a team eager to finally get a win. In the second half, the Sun would let its defense guide them.
Connecticut guard Kelly Faris came off the bench to provide the spark her team needed on defense. While Faris only finished with five points, she played 27 minutes and helped the Sun to stifle the Shock's backcourt.
The Sun needed Faris to will them back into the game, yet on offense they looked to Alex Bentley. The All-Star used her exceptional handles to get open looks and finished the night with 25 points. Bentley was not the only one with the offensive touch. Center Kelsey Bone registered a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Camille Little also finished in double figures with 11 points.
Connecticut is now just one game behind Chicago for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. There are three teams currently tied for second place and if the Sun want to make the playoffs they're going to have to take advantage of their schedule. Four of Connecticut's next five opponents are against teams below .500.
The Sun will look to add to their home-winning streak against the East's top team the New York Liberty on Friday.
Tulsa will pick up play again on Saturday against New York.