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AROUND THE WNBA Saturday's other game



Published: Sun, August 5, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Sting 54, Comets 49

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Allison Feaster hit four free throws over the final 12 seconds to lead Charlotte to victory over Houston, snapping the Sting's eight-game losing streak to the Comets. "It's a darn good feeling," first-year coach Anne Donovan said. "When we were 1-10, we felt that as long as were still confident we could stay positive. We still knew we had a deep hole to dig out of, so to be here, .500 is just awesome." Feaster, who set the Sting record for consecutive free throws on Friday night when she made her 33rd straight, was only sent to the line twice against Houston. The first time came with 12.8 seconds left and the Sting clinging to a 50-49 lead. She calmly hit both shots, then after a Houston miss, she got the rebound, was fouled and sealed the win by making two more with 7.7 remaining. Feaster finished with 13 points and extended her consecutive free throw mark to 37 straight. "I'm really confident at the free throw line and I wasn't that way when I first came into the league," said Feaster, who was unaware of how many consecutive shots she had made. "It can be a pretty shaky thing being on the line by yourself with the crowd screaming, but I've gotten used to it and am pretty confident. Still, 37 is a lot. I don't think I can make 37 straight just standing there." The Sting, who started the season 1-10, improved to 14-14 -- marking the first time they've been at .500 since they were 1-1. They improved to 2-10 lifetime against Houston, beating the Comets (17-10) for the first time since Aug. 16, 1997. Andrea Stinson added 11 points for Charlotte and Dawn Staley scored 10. Janeth Arcain led Houston with 20 points. "We had an off night and Charlotte played good defense," Houston coach Van Chancellor said. "But they've got a good team and they've got it together now. They're a handful to guard." The Comets were without All-Atar forward Tina Thompson, the league's second-leading scorer at 20.9 points, who sat out the game with an ankle injury. They missed her offense early in the first half, when the Comets missed nine straight baskets and 13-of-14 while falling into an 18-5 deficit The Sting, who shot 50 percent in the first half, pushed their lead to 27-11 with diving steals and behind-the-back passes. But Houston eventually snapped out of its funk and opened the second half on a tear. They scored 11 straight points to pull within 32-31, but could never take the lead. "I think everybody is kind of guessing about Charlotte right now," Stinson said. "No one can seem to figure out what's going on with us. We lost so many, now we're winning so many. As long as we can keep them guessing, we're in good shape."

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Allison Feaster hit four free throws over the final 12 seconds to lead Charlotte to victory over Houston, snapping the Sting's eight-game losing streak to the Comets. "It's a darn good feeling," first-year coach Anne Donovan said. "When we were 1-10, we felt that as long as were still confident we could stay positive. We still knew we had a deep hole to dig out of, so to be here, .500 is just awesome." Feaster, who set the Sting record for consecutive free throws on Friday night when she made her 33rd straight, was only sent to the line twice against Houston. The first time came with 12.8 seconds left and the Sting clinging to a 50-49 lead. She calmly hit both shots, then after a Houston miss, she got the rebound, was fouled and sealed the win by making two more with 7.7 remaining. Feaster finished with 13 points and extended her consecutive free throw mark to 37 straight. "I'm really confident at the free throw line and I wasn't that way when I first came into the league," said Feaster, who was unaware of how many consecutive shots she had made. "It can be a pretty shaky thing being on the line by yourself with the crowd screaming, but I've gotten used to it and am pretty confident. Still, 37 is a lot. I don't think I can make 37 straight just standing there." The Sting, who started the season 1-10, improved to 14-14 -- marking the first time they've been at .500 since they were 1-1. They improved to 2-10 lifetime against Houston, beating the Comets (17-10) for the first time since Aug. 16, 1997. Andrea Stinson added 11 points for Charlotte and Dawn Staley scored 10. Janeth Arcain led Houston with 20 points. "We had an off night and Charlotte played good defense," Houston coach Van Chancellor said. "But they've got a good team and they've got it together now. They're a handful to guard." The Comets were without All-Atar forward Tina Thompson, the league's second-leading scorer at 20.9 points, who sat out the game with an ankle injury. They missed her offense early in the first half, when the Comets missed nine straight baskets and 13-of-14 while falling into an 18-5 deficit The Sting, who shot 50 percent in the first half, pushed their lead to 27-11 with diving steals and behind-the-back passes. But Houston eventually snapped out of its funk and opened the second half on a tear. They scored 11 straight points to pull within 32-31, but could never take the lead. "I think everybody is kind of guessing about Charlotte right now," Stinson said. "No one can seem to figure out what's going on with us. We lost so many, now we're winning so many. As long as we can keep them guessing, we're in good shape."




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