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June 16, 2013

Taurasi helps Mercury beat Shock 108-103 in OT

TULSA — After struggling from the field in the first half, Diana Taurasi took over for the Phoenix Mercury.

She scored 21 of her team-high 29 points in the second half and overtime to lead the Mercury to a 108-103 victory over the Tulsa Shock on Sunday.

"When the game is on the line, hopefully you can make plays," Taurasi said. "We had so many people making shots. Duwanna (Bonner) hit some big 3s. Charde (Houston) kept us in the game in the first half.

"As it turned out we needed that. Tulsa came in ready. If they play like that the rest of the season, they will get a lot of wins this season. They fought for everything today."

Tulsa fell behind early then rallied behind reserve guard Riquna Williams, who scored a career-high 28 points. Williams made six 3-pointers, including one to force overtime with 0.3 seconds remaining.

Williams fell to the ground after tying the game at 93-all.

"I never felt the floor," Williams said. "I've been in the gym a lot lately. The coaches told me they wanted me to shoot 3s and that's what I've done."

Williams said the shot to tie the game was a thrill that ranked up with the game-winning shot she had to end Maryland's home win streak during her college career at Miami.

"I tried not to get too emotional," she said of Sunday's game-tying score. "We still had work to do."

As it turned out, so did Taurasi. She scored 13 of her team's final 20 points, including eight in overtime.

"I just tried to do what I could for my team," Taurasi said.

Shock coach Gary Kloppenburg said he was disappointed with the loss — the fourth in overtime this season — but liked how his team competed.

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