WNBA roundup

Shock 84, Dream 80

Tulsa coach Gary Kloppenburg finally got the road win his team desperately needed.

It was a mixed blessing of sorts for the Shock, who learned earlier Tuesday that center Elizabeth Cambage will not return this season.

"That was our first road win, so we're really excited about that," Kloppenburg said. "I thought we executed down the stretch to win. We've had trouble finishing games."

Roneeka Hodges scored 20 points, Temeka Johnson had 17 and the Shock beat short-handed Atlanta on Tuesday night to snap a 13-game road losing streak.

The Dream played without guard Angel McCoughtry, who was suspended indefinitely before the game by new coach and general manager Fred Williams for breaking an unspecified team rule. McCoughtry is the WNBA's leading scorer and helped the U.S. women win the gold medal at the London Olympics.

Williams plans to meet with McCoughtry on Wednesday.

"I have to thoroughly and strongly talk to her," Williams said. "We'll see where that lies tomorrow when I talk with her. I think it's been a culmination of some things that added on to the suspension that I read into it."

Williams indicated that McCoughtry's future with the Dream is not certain.

"I wanted to come into this game for our team with a clear mind, and I wanted her not to have the pressure of everything, of her thinking about a few things that are going on," he said. "Now if she's still with us, she still has the Atlanta Dream tag on her back right now, and we'll see where that goes."

Erika de Souza scored 16 points and Sancho Lyttle had 14 for Atlanta (12-13), which has lost two straight and three of five.

Tulsa, which dropped its last three road games of 2011, improved to 1-10 this season away from home. The Shock (5-19) announced they will be without Cambage for the rest of the season after the No. 2 overall pick in last year's WNBA draft decided not to play.

Tulsa closed the first half with a 14-4 run to trim Atlanta's lead to 51-44. The Shock grabbed the lead for good when Glory Johnson converted a fast-break layup to make it 63-62 with 1:28 left in the third.

"We showed a lot of poise tonight," Temeka Johnson said.

Cambage, who won a bronze medal with Australia, had been expected to return to Tulsa on Monday but did not board her flight. The team had been promoting her expected return in Thursday night's home game against Los Angeles after she dunked in an Olympic game.

"She is physically fatigued, and we've been in touch for a while with Tulsa to let them know that," said Allison Tranquilli, Cambage's Australia-based agent. "She is taking a well-earned rest."

Fever 83, Mystics 68

Katie Douglas scored 18 points to lead Indiana to victory.

Tamika Catchings had 17 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Fever (14-8), who have won five of six since returning from the Olympic break and continue their race for the No. 1 spot in the East.

Reserve Noelle Quinn had 13 points and five rebounds for the Mystics (5-18), while Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton scored 10 points.

Lynx 96, Silver Stars 84, OT

Lindsey Whalen scored five of Minnesota's 10 consecutive points to start the overtime period and the Lynx avoided a rare home loss.

Taj McWilliams-Franklin scored a season-high 19 points and set a WNBA record by recording her 1,050th offensive rebound in the second period.

Rebekkah Brunson set a franchise record and a career high with 20 rebounds to go with 17 points as Western Conference-leading Minnesota pushed the third-place Silver Stars three games back in the standings.

Whalen scored eight of her 15 points in overtime, Seimone Augustus chipped in 19 and Maya Moore scored 14 for the Lynx (20-4).

Sophia Young and Jia Perkins led San Antonio with 19 points apiece, while Becky Hammon added 13.


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