Shock Win Ninth Game, Beat New York
Temeka Johnson scored a career-high 26 points to lead the Tulsa Shock in a 78-66 victory against the New York Liberty on Thursday night, in what was the team's home finale this season.
Ivory Latta had 13 points and Amber Holt added 10 as the Shock (9-23) won their third straight. Tulsa matched it's combined victory total from the first two seasons since relocating from Detroit - 9-59 in 2010-11 - and got its longest win streak since the move.
Johnson shot 10 for 12 from the field, including 4 for 5 on 3-pointers, and also had six assists.
Kara Braxton, Plenette Pierson and Cappie Pondexter scored 14 points apiece to lead the Liberty (14-19), and Essence Carson added 11 points. New York clinched the Eastern Conference's fourth and final playoff berth minutes later when Chicago lost to Atlanta, 75-66.
Up next for Tulsa is a trip to play this same Liberty team on Saturday. Their season finale is in Indiana on Sunday.