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Updated Apr 30, 2015 - 2:58 pm

Bonner leads Mercury over Shock

PHOENIX (AP) DeWanna Bonner scored 23 points and grabbed
13 rebounds to help the Phoenix Mercury hold off Tulsa 79-
72 on Sunday, sending the Shock to their sixth straight
loss to open the season.

Rookie Sammy Prahalis added 19 points and six assists. She
converted a three-point play with 3:15 left to give
Phoenix (2-4) a six-point lead after Tulsa (0-6) had cut
the lead to 69-66. The Mercury had led by as much as 12 in
the third quarter.

Jennifer Lacy had 19 points, including her fourth 3-
pointer with 4:55 remaining that brought the Shock to
within three. But she missed a layup with 41 seconds left
and the Shock down 74-70.

The Mercury’s only other win this season was a 89-87
decision at Tulsa on May 22 when Prahalis hit two free
throws with 22.2 seconds remaining. Phoenix led by 11 with
4:42 left.

Candice Dupree added 15 points, five rebounds and four
assists for the Mercury, who played their third straight
game without all-star Diana Taurasi, the four-time
defending league scoring champion who is nursing a
strained left hip flexor.

Tameka Johnson, who was traded from Phoenix to Tulsa in
the offseason, added 18 points and nine rebounds for the
Shock.

Johnson scored 11 points in the third quarter to help
Tulsa cut a 12-point deficit to 57-53 going into the final
period. She banked in a shot from 10 feet with 1:40 left
in the quarter to get the Shock within 50-49.

Bonner scored 10 points and had six rebounds to lead the
Mercury to a 37-25 lead at the break after Phoenix took
advantage of Tulsa’s cold start. The Shock missed 12 shots
in a row in the first quarter and trailed 12-3 aftr the
first seven minutes.

Tulsa, which lost a league-record 20 games in a row last
season, has lost 12 straight dating back to 2011.

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