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WNBA Wednesday's other games



Published: Thu, August 9, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Sparks 79, Mercury 67

Lisa Leslie scored 24 points as Los Angeles extended its WNBA-record winning streak to 17 games with a win over Phoenix.

The Sparks have won a league-record 21 straight at home, which includes the final six games last season at the Forum, their former home.

Tamecka Dixon added 15 points and DeLisha Milton had 13 for Los Angeles (26-3) at Staples Center.

Trisha Fallon had 15 and Jennifer Gillom 11 for Phoenix (11-18), which has lost its last six games against the Sparks.

Sol 42, Mystics 36

Sheri Sam scored 15 points, and Miami held Washington to under 20 percent shooting.

The teams combined for the lowest point total in WNBA history, eclipsing the 86 points scored by Charlotte and Seattle on July 7. The Sol and Mystics shot a combined 25-for-102 (24.5 percent) overall and 0-for-26 from 3-point range.

Sam led the Sol (18-11) to their third straight win as Miami became the first of the WNBA's four most recent expansion teams to make the playoffs.

Liberty 82, Starzz 63

Vickie Johnson had 18 points to lead five double-figure scorers for New York, who beat Utah to snap the Starzz's eight-game winning streak.

Tari Phillips had 16 points and became the Liberty's fourth 1,000-point scorer with 1,006. Tamika Whitmore added 13 points for New York, which had lost five of seven, while Becky Hammon had 11 and Crystal Robinson 10.

Storm 72, Comets 55

Simone Edwards scored 17 points and Michelle Marciniak added 13 as Seattle defeated Houston.

The victory was Seattle's first over Houston, the four-time defending WNBA champion.

Lauren Jackson added 11 points for the Storm, and Jackson and Marciniak each had six rebounds.

Janeth Arcain led Houston with 24 points.

Lynx 70, Fire 58

Katie Smith had 27 points and 10 rebounds and Minnesota beat Portland for the Fire's franchise-record seventh straight loss.

Svetlana Abrosimova added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Lynx, who committed 20 turnovers but still beat the Fire for the third time in as many games this season.

Jackie Stiles had 14 points for the Fire, who have lost 12 of 14, while Sophia Witherspoon added 10.




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