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updated: 8/24/2012 10:07 PM

Sky falls in OT for ninth straight loss

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By Daily Herald News Services

With both the Tulsa Shock and the Chicago Sky mired in losing streaks, something had to give Friday night at the BOK Center in Tulsa.

Unfortunately for the Sky, its playoff hopes are starting to give way as Tulsa (4-18) overcame an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to earn an 81-78 victory in overtime.

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The win snaps a five-game skid for Tulsa, which owns the worst record in the WNBA, and extends the Sky's losing streak to nine straight games and 13 losses in 14 games since opening the season 7-1.

The Sky (8-14) was in control for much of the game, but Tulsa shocked the Sky by scoring 23 points in the fourth quarter to send the game into OT, thanks in part to 7 turnovers by the Sky.

The Sky got strong guard play from Courtney Vandersloot, who came off the bench and scored a career high 23 points on 8-12 shooting, and Shay Murphy, who 17 points and 10 rebounds. Epiphanny Prince and Swin Cash scored 11 each for Chicago, but all-star center Sylvia Fowles was held to 7 points and 4 rebounds and just four field goal attempts in 19 minutes of limited action.

Riquna Williams and Roneeka Hodges scored 22 points each to pace the Shock.

The Sky (8-14) falls a half-game behind New York for the fourth and final playoff spot with 12 games left to play. They travel to Connecticut to face the Sun on Sunday.

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