Coming off the worst month in franchise history, the Connecticut Sun may have a tough time avoiding a rough July due to several key injuries.
Trying to avoid matching a team-record five-game home losing streak, Connecticut hosts the Western Conference-worst Tulsa Shock on Tuesday night.
Connecticut's 84 wins in June were more than in any other month in club history heading into 2013, but the Sun (2-7) finished 1-6 last month after getting routed 89-70 by Phoenix on Saturday. They've lost four in a row.
Owners of the worst record in the WNBA, the Sun again played without Kara Lawson (bruised knee), reigning Sixth Woman of the Year Renee Montgomery (left ankle) and Tan White (broken right finger). It's uncertain when they'll return.
"We've got to fight and be competitive until we get bodies back," coach Anne Donovan said.
To improve their chances of winning, the Sun need to shoot better. They're hitting a league-low 38.4 percent from the field after making 26.9 percent against the Mercury.
Connecticut is averaging 71.8 points.
Reigning MVP Tina Charles had 25 points and 11 rebounds, but she scored a team-record 19 from the foul line while going 3 of 18 from the field Saturday. The center has shot 27.4 percent during the team's skid.
The Sun, who last dropped five in a row overall Aug. 25-Sept. 1, 2009, have lost five straight at home once before, June 10-26, 2007.
Tulsa (3-10) has lost all three at Connecticut since the franchise relocated in 2010. It fell 82-80 in overtime in its last visit Aug. 21 on Lawson's 3-pointer with 11.8 seconds left in the extra period.
The Shock, who have played a league-high eight road games, dropped to 0-3 in a four-game stretch away from home with an 84-61 loss to Washington on Sunday. Tulsa, which posted its lowest point total of the season, had won two in a row going into the four-game span.
"This one, I think you just flush it down,'' coach Gary Kloppenburg said. "You're going to have one game like this a year where, for whatever reason, you're fatigued or just shots aren't going down. You just try to flush it down and move on.''
The Shock's Glory Johnson, averaging team highs of 17.0 points and 10.3 boards, has scored 9.5 a game while shooting 5 of 19 over the last two contests.
Tulsa center Elizabeth Cambage, averaging 15.0 points and 6.8 rebounds, has totaled 19 and 10 in those contests after missing eight with an ankle injury.
The Sun have won two straight and five of six meetings with the Shock over the last three seasons.