Shock 77

(2-1, 1-1 away)

Sun 73

(2-1, 1-1 home)

    Coverage: ABC

    4:00 PM ET, May 27, 2006

    Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    TUL 22 15 14 18 877
    CONN 16 15 21 17 473

    Top Performers

    Tulsa: K. Smith 23 Pts, 8 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Blk

    Connecticut: K. Douglas 18 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Smith scores 23 as Shock beat Sun at home

    UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) -- Katie Smith scored 23 points, including a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of regulation to lead the Detroit Shock to a 77-73 overtime win against the Connecticut Sun on Saturday.

    "It was a game of wills between two fine basketball teams," Detroit coach Bill Laimbeer said. "At times it was pretty, and at times it was ugly, but the bottom line was it was a very competitive game. They are the two-time (defending) champions of the Eastern Conference and they took our spot and they know we want it back."

    Detroit (2-1) went on a 5-1 run in the final 15.3 seconds of regulation and then scored the first six points in overtime to pull away.

    The Sun had a chance to put the game away before the extra session but missed two free throws in the final 15 seconds. That gave the Shock the opportunity to tie the game and force overtime on Smith's desperation 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left.

    "Obviously we needed a 3," Smith said. "I had a decent look at first. I got the ball to Cheryl (Ford) and I thought she was going to shoot it, but I got it back and tried to get a little space, and it went through the bucket and that is all she wrote."

    Smith also had eight rebounds and a team-high eight assists. Cheryl Ford added 18 points and 11 rebounds.

    The Sun (2-1) struggled early, falling behind 20-6 before turning things around with a 10-2 run to close the first quarter. Connecticut got within 26-24 on a pair of free throws by Nykesha Sales with 3:58 left in the half, but the Shock went 7-for-10 from the foul line, including 5-for-6 from Angelina Williams, the rest of the way to lead 37-31 at halftime.

    "I thought we didn't play well in the first half and we waited until halftime to play," Sun coach Mike Thibault said. "We missed a lot of shots. They took away a lot of stuff inside. We had people struggling to make shots. We had people taking contested shots. Our bench gave us a lift in the first half and we cut it back to a game at halftime."

    It wasn't until the final play of the third quarter that Connecticut went ahead for the first time, as Erin Phillips grabbed a defensive rebound and found Sales waiting at the other end of the court for an easy layup that made it 52-51.

    Both teams struggled from the floor, with the Shock making 25 of 69 shots (36.2 percent), and the Sun hitting 25 of 75. But Detroit made up for it with a 50-33 rebounding edge.

    Katie Douglas led the Sun with 18 points and seven rebounds. Sales added 17 points.

    "I just didn't like the way we lost the game," Thibault said. "You can lose a game if you get outplayed. It doesn't matter who it is, whether it's Detroit or anybody else. It's just the fact that we did all that work and gave it back. That's the shame of it."

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    Team Stat Comparison

      Tulsa Connecticut
    Points 77 73
    FG Made-Attempted 25-69 (.000) 25-75 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-13 (.385) 6-23 (.261)
    FT Made-Attempted 22-29 (.000) 17-23 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-50 7-33
    Assists 15 17
    Turnovers 23 12
    Steals 7 12
    Blocks 7 5
    Fast Break Points 6 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 27 (0/0)