Charles' 12th double-double lifts Sun past reeling Shock

TULSA, Okla. -- Tina Charles had 16 points and 12 rebounds to tie a franchise record with her 12th double-double of the season, leading the Connecticut Sun to a 101-89 victory over the Tulsa Shock on Tuesday night.

Kara Lawson and Sandrine Gruda scored 17 points each and Renee Montgomery and Tan White also scored 16 apiece for the Sun (10-5).

"It's really hard to go out there every night and try to keep going at it," said of her double-doubles. "Especially knowing that it's going to get physical, but the fact that we're winning makes it even better."

Charles, the WNBA leader in double-doubles, had her sixth straight and matched the mark set by Taj McWilliams-Franklin in 2006.

"It's definitely rewarding," Charles said. "But I'm just going out there trying to win, whatever it takes. So I'm just going to keep being on the boards."

Scholanda Robinson scored 19 points to lead the Shock (3-12), who lost their ninth straight. Kiesha Brown and Jennifer Lacy each scored 12 and Tiffany Jackson had 10.

"It's very difficult to outmuscle them because they're just a lot bigger and a lot stronger than the players we have," Tulsa coach Nolan Richardson said. "But at the same time, we've got to be able to work as a team. That's been our biggest problem, our rebounding and our turnovers."

Connecticut outrebouded Tulsa 41-25 and had 18 second-chance points.

"We've been doing that a lot lately," Connecticut coach Mike Thibault said. "We had to get some extra possession back on the offensive boards. They were trying to get out early with their running game and the more we offensive rebound, the harder it is for them to run. Tina is a big part of that but we got a lot of other people involved tonight. And we didn't give them second shots often."

Both teams shot 50 percent from the floor, but the Sun made 83 percent (20-for-24) from the free-throw line while the Shock were at 61 percent (14-for-23).

The Shock pulled to 59-54 with a basket from Robinson with 6:20 left in the third quarter. But the Sun's 11-4 run, capped by Gruda's jumper, extended the lead to 70-58 with three minutes left in the period.

Tulsa led 14-11 with 4:24 to go in the first quarter after Alexis Hornbuckle had a fast-break layup after stealing a pass deep in the backcourt.

After a free throw from Natasha Lacy put Tulsa up 21-20, the Sun went on a 10-2 run to take the lead for good.

Connecticut led 50-42 at halftime.