Rebounds propelled the Tulsa Shock to a win over the Connecticut Sun on Friday night, their second consecutive.
Rookie Skylar Diggins returned from her ankle injury to come off the bench and play limited minutes (14) for the Shock. She scored just 2 points and had 1 assist. But the Shock didn't need her; not with Glory Johnson and Liz Cambage dominating the boards. Together, the duo combined for 34 rebounds.
Johnson led the way with her eighth double-double of the season, scoring 14 points to add to her 17 rebounds. Cambage recorded her second double-double of the season with 13 points and 17 rebounds. The pair of post players had just five less rebounds than the entire Connecticut Sun team.
"Give Tulsa credit," said the Sun's head coach Anne Donovan. "They did a great job with all their hustle and second and third shot attempts they were getting."
Despite out rebounding the Sun 62-39, the Shock's margin of victory was just 6 points. Allison Hightower led the way for the Sun with 14 points while Kelsey Griffin added 10 points and 5 rebounds. Reigning league MVP Tina Charles was held to just 7 points, but was able to grab 12 rebounds. The Tulsa defense gave her no room to breathe on the offensive end.
"They [also] made it tough on Tina inside," Donovan continued. "We did not support her from the perimeter."
The Sun will try to use their star center more tonight as they take on the San Antonio Silver Stars at 8pm ET. The Shock will be at home again on Sunday, July 21st to face the Atlanta Dream. That game will be at 4:30pm ET and will be broadcasted on Live Access.