ATLANTA – The Tulsa Shock struggled on multiple fronts Sunday in a 73-52 loss to the Atlanta Dream.
Tulsa had troubles on both ends of the floor as they committed 24 turnovers and allowed Atlanta to score 42 points in the paint. Not to mention they shot a mere 28 percent from the field.
For the second straight game the Shock was without guard Ivory Latta who sat out with a knee injury.
Tulsa got on the board first and after a quick five points from former OSU standout Andrea Riley, the Shock led 15-13 at the end of the first quarter.
But that lead was short lived as late in the second quarter forward Angel McCoughtry scored 10 of the 11 points Atlanta posted in their 11-0 run that gave them a 36-26 halftime lead.
Atlanta outscored Tulsa 23-15 in the third quarter to increase their lead to 59-41.
Overall, Tulsa shot 28.1 percent from the floor and 22.7 percent from the three point line while Atlanta went for 44.9 percent from the field and 50 percent from three point land.
Atlanta clinched a playoff spot with the victory. The Dream was led by McCoughtry who tallied 19 points and five rebounds along with two steals.
Tiffany Jackson led the Shock in scoring and recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 15 points, 11 rebounds.
Jackson was helped by Amber Holt who scored 14 points and pulled down eight rebounds while Jennifer Lacy tallied nine points and veteran Sheryl Swoopes tagged on seven.
Tulsa returns to action Thursday Sept. 8 on the road against the Phoenix Mercury.