TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Ivory Latta had 18 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Tulsa Shock used a strong second half and earned a 78-62 victory over the Washington Mystics on Sunday. The 62 points were the fewest scored by a Shock opponent this season. "I was very pleased with our effort. We have been wanting to sustain our effort for 40 minutes and I thought we did that tonight," Tulsa coach Gary Kloppenburg said. "We wanted to go after them on defense and we made them make tough shots throughout the game. That's the effort we need every night to give ourselves a chance to win." Leading 43-40 with 3:30 left in the third quarter, Tulsa (3-13) finished the period on a 14-8 run to match its biggest lead of the game at 57-48. Riquana Williams opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer to push the lead to 60-48 and Washington (3-12) would get no closer than 10 points the rest of the game. "We knew they would pressure us and our turnovers led to easy baskets for them," Washington coach Trudi Lacey said. "Late in the game, we were trying to be aggressive and get to the free-throw line, but it wasn't enough." Temeka Johnson had 17 points for the Shock and Glory Johnson added 16, despite leaving the game with 7:55 remaining after a flagrant foul by Washington's Monique Currie on a layup attempt. In a first half filled with runs, Tulsa grabbed its largest lead of the opening half with a 9-0 burst to take a 34-25 lead and force a Washington timeout with 2:51 left before halftime. Latta started the run with a 3-pointer and later added a steal and layup, one of Washington's 13 first-half turnovers. "We gave them too many points tonight," Lacey said. "The second-chance opportunities really hurt us." The Mystics closed the half with a three-point play from Crystal Langhorne to pull within 36-30 at the half. Langhorne finished as Washington's leading scorer with 13 points.
The Caps are going outside again.
They'll host the Toronto Maple Leafs at at the U.S. Naval Academy's Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland on March 3, 2018, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to CSN on Saturday night. Alex Ovechkin and Co. eliminated Auston Matthews and the upstart Leafs in the first round of the playoffs last month.
Navy's stadium seats 34,000.
The game will be Washington’s third outdoor contest in the last seven years. The Caps have played in the Winter Classic twice, defeating the Penguins in 2011 at Heinz Field and the Blackhawks in 2015 at Nationals Park.
Next year's game—which has been rumored for months—will be the first outdoor game played at a U.S. service academy. It’s also one of at least three outdoor games set for next season: the Senators will host the Canadiens in the NHL100 Classic at TD Place Stadium on Dec. 16 and the Rangers will face the Sabres in the Winter Classic at Citi Field on New Year’s Day.
NHL Network announced on Saturday that the league would announce a game at Navy on Monday. The Washington Post and Associated Press first reported the teams involved and date of the game.
One of the biggest question marks of the offseason for the Capitals may have already been answered. Capitals winger T.J. Oshie was set to become one of if not the biggest free agent on the market this summer, but according to one report, it looks as if he is staying put in Washington.
In an appearance on the "Two Man Advantage" show on NHL Network Radio, Sportsnet reporter John Shannon said Saturday a deal between the Caps and Oshie was "all but done."
Oshie enjoyed a career year as he surpassed the 30-goal plateau for the first time in his career. With 33 goals, Oshie tied Alex Ovechkin for the team lead despite the fact that he missed 14 games due to injury. He would have been a highly sought-after free agent, but Oshie made it clear he wanted to remain in Washington.
“This group of guys, organization, coaches. It’s been a great fit for me," Oshie said at the Caps' breakdown day. "It’s been a great fit for my family. So, I’d like to come back here.”
Now we will have to wait and see just what it will cost.
As one of the top free agents, Oshie would have commanded a huge contract on the open market. Even if he was willing to take a discount, retaining Oshie likely will not have come cheap. Depending on just how much it cost, it may not leave much room for the Caps to work with this offseason.
Oshie will most likely be the Caps' biggest signing of the summer. Considering how good he has been over the past two seasons, however, you won't hear much complaining out of Washington.
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