TULSA — Liz Cambage and Glory Johnson combined for 34 rebounds and 27 points, leading Tulsa to a 64-58 victory against Connecticut on Friday night.
Johnson had 14 points and 17 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season. Cambage added 13 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for her second double-double of the year.
With Johnson and Cambage leading the way, Tulsa held a 62-39 advantage on the boards.
Riquna Williams and Candice Wiggins added 10 points each for Tulsa (5-13).
Allison Hightower paced Connecticut (4-10) with 14 points. Tina Charles managed just seven points, but grabbed 12 rebounds. Kelsey Griffin contributed 10 points for the Sun.
With the game tied at 52, Nicole Powell drilled a 3-pointer with 4:24 to play, giving Tulsa a it would not relinquish.
Connecticut pulled to 57-56 with 3:02 to play on a drive by Griffin. But baskets by Angel Goodrich and Johnson, off an assist from Cambage, put Tulsa ahead 61-56 with 43 seconds remaining.
The Shock were victorious despite shooting just 33.3 percent from the field (25 of 75), committing 24 turnovers that led to 20 points for the Sun.
The loss spoiled the return of Connecticut guards Renee Montgomery and Tan White. Montgomery hadn’t played since May 31 because of a sprained right ankle. White was out since June 1 with a broken finger on her right hand.
Sequoyah grad Angel Goodrich, coming off a season high 14-point outing, scored four points for Tulsa, which moved out of sole possession of the Western Conference cellar. San Antonio, which with the Shock stand 8 1/2 games out of the lead, plays Connecticut tonight.
Tulsa is off until playing host to Atlanta on Sunday.