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Shock Comes Up Short Again Against San Antonio

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Kayla McBride scored 23 points and the San Antonio Stars overcame career-highs by Odyssey Sims and Skylar Diggins to beat the Tulsa Shock 95-93 on Tuesday night.

Danielle Robinson scored 21 points, including the game-winning basket for San Antonio (11-12). Danielle Adams had 15 points and Becky Hammon had 10 points as the Stars remained in third place in the West ahead of the Los Angeles Sparks (10-12).

Sims had 39 points and Diggins had 34 for Tulsa (8-15), which fell to 3-9 on the road. Sims scored 12 points in the fourth quarter, including a driving layup to tie the game at 91 with 1:19 remaining. Adams followed with a pair of free throws, but Sims had another driving layup to forge another tie.

Robinson responded with a driving layup to put the Stars ahead 95-93 with 3.9 seconds remaining. Following a Shock timeout, Sophia Malcolm-Young tipped away the inbounds pass to McBride to seal the victory, leading Tulsa coach Fred Williams to kick the scorer's table in frustration.

Diggins missed two open layups to start the game before making her third on a contested attempt that resulted in a three-point play. The Notre Dame product also made her team's next three shots in a personal 9-2 run that put Tulsa up 13-6 with 2:19 remaining.

Reserve post Kayla Alexander sparked San Antonio's own 9-2 run to open the second quarter, cutting Tulsa's lead to 24-21. After completing a three-point play, Alexander followed a miss by McBride to complete the run with 7:41 remaining in the half.

Alexander's pull-up jumper tied the game at 30 and Robinson's 19-footer gave San Antonio its first lead at 32-30. Robinson later crossed over Sims, freeing herself for an open jumper and a 34-30 lead.

San Antonio held Tulsa to 28 percent shooting in the second quarter.

An aggressive approach helped Tulsa get nine free throws free throws in the third quarter, making all but one. The Shock tied the game at 61 on Johnson's jumper, but the Stars closed with a 3-pointer by Adams and a driving layup by Robinson for a 66-61 lead.


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