Sun 72

(18-11, 5-9 away)

Shock 83

(3-25, 2-12 home)

    4:00 PM ET, August 28, 2011

    BOK Center, Tulsa, OK

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    CONN 20 23 16 1372
    TUL 16 16 27 2483

    Top Performers

    Connecticut: T. Charles 21 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Blk

    Tulsa: I. Latta 19 Pts, 1 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    Sun-Shock Preview


    Following a brutal two-plus months, Sheryl Swoopes gave the Tulsa Shock reason to celebrate.

    After snapping its WNBA-record 20-game losing streak, Tulsa tries for another rare victory when it hosts the Connecticut Sun, who look to clinch their first playoff appearance in three seasons Sunday.

    Tulsa (2-25) trailed by 10 in the first quarter Friday but battled back to record their first road victory of the season, defeating Los Angeles 77-75 on Swoopes' 16-foot jumper with 2.9 seconds remaining. The Shock had been outscored by an average of 15.3 points during their skid.

    "I'm sure no one gave us a shot to win this game. When you have one win, to win a game like this feels really good," said Swoopes, who finished with a season high-tying 17 points and a season-best nine rebounds. "We believed. It was just a matter of time."

    The Shock, whose only other victory was June 18, gave interim coach Teresa Edwards her first win in 16 games since taking over for Nolan Richardson on July 10.

    "It's unreal. It's unbelievable," Edwards said. "I was waiting to see if we were ever going to get one."

    Swoopes, a three-time league MVP and four-time champion, has come on strong of late, averaging 14.0 points over her last four games -- 6.5 above her season mark.

    "She may not be the same as she once was, but she hit a big shot when they needed it most," Sparks forward DeLisha Milton-Jones said. "It was a patented Sheryl Swoopes jumper."

    Swoopes was held to nine points during a 90-79 loss to Connecticut on June 12 -- Tulsa's third straight defeat in the series.

    The Shock haven't recorded back-to-back wins since May 29-June 4, 2010, and are likely to have their hands full with the red-hot Sun (18-10).

    Connecticut rallied from 11 down in the third quarter and beat Phoenix 95-92 on Friday -- its fourth win in six games. Guard Kara Lawson broke an 86-all tie with a 3-pointer and made four free throws in the final 13 seconds, while All-Star center Tina Charles finished with 17 points and nine boards.

    The Sun, in second place in the East, can secure a postseason berth for the first time since 2008 with a win or a Chicago loss to New York. Connecticut has recorded a conference-best 16 wins when scoring at least 70 points, and will be facing a Tulsa team that is allowing opponents to shoot 48.0 percent from the floor -- worst in the league.

    The Shock are giving up 81.3 points per game.

    The Sun have dropped three of four on the road by a combined 11 points. Each of their last three road contests have gone to overtime.