TULSA, Okla.—Tina Charles had 16 points and 12 rebounds Tuesday night, tying a franchise record with her 12th double-double of the season, as the Connecticut Sun defeated the Tulsa Shock, 101-89.
"I feel great about it," Charles said of matching the mark set by Taj McWilliams-Franklin in 2006. "It's really hard to go out there every night, keep going at it, especially in the post, knowing it's physical out there. But just the fact we're winning, that makes it even better. It's definitely rewarding, but I'm just going out there to try to help us win."
"We've sort of come to expect that," coach Mike Thibault said. "She makes it easier on everyone else because she's drawing attention in there, but yet she's a low-post player who likes to play in the lane and is willing and able to get in there and mix it up."
Kara Lawson and Sandrine Gruda each scored 17 points and Renee Montgomery and Tan White 16 apiece for the Sun (10-5).
Connecticut, which led 50-42 at halftime, outrebounded Tulsa 41-25 and had 18 second-chance points.
The Shock (3-12) closed to 59-54 on a basket by Scholanda Robinson with 6:20 left in the third quarter. But then the Sun went on an 11-4 run capped by a Gruda jumper.
Robinson scored 19 points for the Shock, who have lost nine in a row.
Both teams shot 50 percent from the floor, but the Sun hit 20 of 24 free throws. The Shock were 14-for-23 from the line