Ivory Latta had 18 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Tulsa Shock used a strong second half and earned a 78-62 victory over the Washington Mystics on Sunday.
The 62 points were the fewest scored by a Shock opponent this season.
"I was very pleased with our effort. We have been wanting to sustain our effort for 40 minutes and I thought we did that tonight,'' Tulsa coach Gary Kloppenburg said.
"We wanted to go after them on defense and we made them make tough shots throughout the game. That's the effort we need every night to give ourselves a chance to win.''
Leading 43-40 with 3:30 left in the third quarter, Tulsa (3-13) finished the period on a 14-8 run to match its biggest lead of the game at 57-48.
Riquana Williams opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer to push the lead to 60-48 and Washington (3-12) would get no closer than 10 points the rest of the game.
"We knew they would pressure us and our turnovers led to easy baskets for them,'' Washington coach Trudi Lacey said.
"Late in the game, we were trying to be aggressive and get to the free-throw line, but it wasn't enough.''
Temeka Johnson had 17 points for the Shock and Glory Johnson added 16, despite leaving the game with 7:55 remaining after a flagrant foul by Washington's Monique Currie on a layup attempt.
In a first half filled with runs, Tulsa grabbed its largest lead of the opening half with a 9-0 burst to take a 34-25 lead and force a Washington timeout with 2:51 left before halftime.
Latta started the run with a 3-pointer and later added a steal and layup, one of Washington's 13 first-half turnovers.
"We gave them too many points tonight,'' Lacey said. "The second-chance opportunities really hurt us.''
The Mystics closed the half with a three-point play from Crystal Langhorne to pull within 36-30 at the half.
Langhorne finished as Washington's leading scorer with 13 points.
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