UNCASVILLE – In the first six minutes of the game Thursday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena, Tulsa couldn't seem to miss.

And the Connecticut Sun couldn't seem to hit a shot.

The Sun missed their first six and quickly trailed by 12. They rallied, however, and came all the way back to take a brief lead in the third quarter before quickly falling behind again, this time for good. The Sun lost 96-83 to the Tulsa Shock in front of 5,396, pushing their losing streak to four.

Odyssey Sims had a career-high 30 points for the Shock (7-10) and Skylar Diggins added 20. Tulsa's Courtney Paris (15) and Glory Johnson (11) combined for almost as many rebounds as the Sun had total (27).

"Any time you dig yourself a hole in the WNBA, you're going to exert a lot of energy and effort to come back," said Sun veteran Katie Douglas, who had 21 points. "And we're not that good, to be honest, to be digging ourselves that kind of hole against good teams. We're just not right now."

Alyssa Thomas, playing in her second game with a facemask to protect her injured nose, led the Sun with a career-high 24 points. Fellow rookie Chiney Ogwumike continued to struggle, scoring 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting.

"We watched their game at New York and New York just took it right at them," Sun coach Anne Donovan said. "Attacked the paint, put them on their heels right from the jump. That's exactly what our game plan was to do. Unfortunately they did that to us.

"We scratched, we clawed, we came back a couple times, tied the game but little things like box-outs — actually it's not a little thing, when you give up 17 [offensive rebounds] — it ends up being a huge thing. It's about focus. We talked about this was the No. 1 team in [offensive rebounding] in the WNBA, and Courtney Paris [who had seven offensive rebounds] is a load. She works her butt off for those boards. We've got to do a better job."

The Sun shot 3-for-14 until Douglas hit a three and Renee Montgomery scored on a layup at the end of the first quarter to cut the lead to 21-11.

Sims went off in the second quarter and had 17 on 7-of-10 shooting at halftime.

"She's been leading up to having a breakout night," Tulsa coach Fred Williams said. "I thought tonight she was able to turn the corner and get a rhythm in her shots. We ran some sets and we did certain things offensively for her and Skylar [Diggins]."

And though the Sun couldn't stop her, they found their own offensive rhythm. They trailed 43-40 at halftime but after Thomas and Douglas made back-to-back layups, the Sun had their first lead, 46-45, with 8:32 left in the third quarter. But they couldn't sustain it as every time somebody missed, Johnson or Paris was there to rebound.

"It was very difficult," Thomas said. "You got to keep [Paris] off the glass. She's the leading rebounder in the league right now. I've got to do better next time."

Douglas opened the fourth quarter with a three-pointer and had another less than a minute later. But Jordan Hooper answered with two threes from the corner that pretty much put an end to any Sun rally.

Despite the losing streak, the players weren't completely discouraged. Earlier in the season, the Sun lost six of eight and then went on a six-game winning streak.

"We've been here before," Thomas said. "We've been able to bounce back. We just got to get that same energy we had when we went on that run. Right now, I don't think we have that.

"At times [the effort was there]. It came in spurts. We've got to maintain it."