Silver Stars 102, Shock 94
TULSA, Okla. (AP)
Danielle Robinson, who led the Oklahoma Sooners to two Final Four appearances, scored a career-high 36 points to lead the San Antonio Silver Stars to a 102-94 overtime victory over the Tulsa Shock.
Andrea Riley, from Oklahoma State, scored a career-best 20 points for the Shock (3-31), who set the WNBA record for fewest wins in a season. Sheryl Swoopes also had 20 points for Tulsa, followed by Tiffany Jackson with 19, Liz Cambage with 15 and Amber Holt with 11.
''I think we played a well-fought game as a team,'' Riley said. ''It just hurts so bad when you fight that hard and don't come out on top.''
Joining Robinson in double figures for the Silver Stars (18-16) was Jia Perkins, who had 22 points, including four 3-pointers and Danielle Adams, who finished with 14 points.
Riley put the Shock ahead 89-85 with 49 seconds left in regulation but San Antonio went on a 5-1 run over the final 33.8 seconds to send the game into overtime. Perkins buried a 3-pointer, and Robinson scored on a driving layup.
Riley had two chances to win the game in regulation. The first came from the free throw line when she made one of two attempts. On the Shock's final possession, Riley dribbled into the front court but when she couldn't find anyone open, she missed on a 3-point try.
''I just wanted to take what the defense gave me,'' she said. ''Unfortunately, it didn't go in. As bad as I thought the shot was, you can't dwell on it. In overtime, they did it, they wanted it more than we did.''
Tulsa interim coach Teresa Edwards would have preferred a better shot.
''It was a great game,'' she said. ''We wouldn't have been in this game had Andrea not played the way she played. In overtime, we just couldn't get a basket. The first 2 1/2 minutes (of overtime) you could tell it was their game.
''Robinson played her butt off. I wish I could have stopped the little rookie from scoring like that. A rookie scoring on us like that. Hats off to her for that game.''
Robinson hit her first nine shots from the field, eclipsing her previous high of 15 points against Phoenix on Sept. 1 with 20 in the first half. Robinson was 14 of 19 from the floor and 8 of 9 at the free throw line.
San Antonio coach Dan Hughes praised his rookie point guard.
''We wanted to rest some players so we put the ball in Danielle's hands and she was awfully good with the basketball,'' he said. ''But that's been indicative of her year. She's really had a good year for us. She continues to evolve. She has some gifts at that position. Give Tulsa credit, they played extremely hard and they played well.''
Robinson looked like a seasoned pro in leading the Silver Stars' offense.
''We needed this win to get some momentum going into the playoffs,'' Robinson said. ''I love playing in Tulsa. The Sooner Nation is awesome. Before the game, I could hear fans chanting, 'D-Rob, D-Rob.' It was a great environment.
''Riley is a great player, we've had the rivalry in college. She hit those 3s to help her team. We both competed very, very well for our teams. We just happened to come out on top.''