Sunday, July 14, 2002
Liberty 67, Mystics 53
WASHINGTON -- New York ended Washington's nine-game home winning streak behind Vickie Johnson's 19 points. The Mystics were 8-0 in Washington this season -- the WNBA's only unbeaten home record -- and won their home finale in 2001. Tari Phillips had 13 points and a season-high 12 rebounds, and Crystal Robinson scored 15 for New York (11-9), which extended its winning streak over the Mystics to five games and moved within three games of first-place Washington (14-6) in the Eastern Conference. Coco Miller and Helen Luz each had 11 points for Washington, which played its fifth consecutive game without the injured Chamique Holdsclaw, the team's leading scorer and rebounder. After giving the Liberty a 40-22 lead on a 3-pointer from the corner, Robinson picked up her fourth foul with 16:43 remaining. She finished with five rebounds and five assists. Consecutive layups by Tonya Washington, who scored a season-high nine points, pulled the Mystics to 47-34 with 13:43 remaining. Her 3-pointer pulled Washington to 49-41 with 9 1/2 minutes left, but the Mystics never got closer than eight points. The Mystics made only three of their first 16 shots and fell behind 13-8 in the first nine minutes. Phillips had nine points and nine rebounds in the first half. Robinson also had nine points by halftime.
Starzz 75, Mercury 66
SALT LAKE CITY -- Natalie Williams scored a season-high 22 points to lead Utah past Phoenix for its fourth victory in five games. Williams, who failed to make an All-Star team for the first time in her pro career, also had nine rebounds and harassed Phoenix's leading scorer, Jennifer Gillom, into 5-of-16 shooting. Jennifer Azzi had 10 of her 12 points in the second half, and Marie Ferdinand added 12 for Utah (13-6), which improved to 9-0 when holding opponents under 70 points. Gillom scored 14 points, and Slobodanka Tuvic 11 for the Mercury, who slipped to 0-9 on the road. They haven't won away from home since July 27, 2001. Ferdinand scored six points in a 13-4 run early in the second half to go ahead 57-42 with 8:46 remaining in the game. Phoenix couldn't get within 10 points until the final minute. Margo Dydek had 11 points and five blocked shots and helped pressure the Mercury into 36 percent shooting. Utah outscored Phoenix 44-30 in the paint.
Sting 63, Lynx 60
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Allison Feaster made a pair of free throws with 11 seconds remaining to help Charlotte hand Minnesota its record eighth-straight road loss. Minnesota (6-13) has not won a road game since June 1 and has just two victories away from home this season. The Lynx had a chance, though, building a 13-point first-half lead before collapsing late. Katie Smith, second in the WNBA in scoring at 18.4 points a game, had just 13 for Minnesota. She didn't attempt a shot in the second half until her 3-pointer with 1:01 to play cut Charlotte's lead to 61-60. Tammy Sutton-Brown led Charlotte with 13 points, and Feaster scored 12. Abrosimova scored 17 for the Lynx.
Sol 70, Miracle 56
MIAMI -- Betty Lennox scored a season-high 24 points as Miami won its fourth straight game. The Sol got a boost from Lennox, a reserve guard who connected on 7-of-14 shots before leaving with 2:46 remaining because of a left thigh contusion. Lennox's previous high was 19 points, which she reached twice this season. Miami (9-10) went into the All-Star break having won seven of eight. Sheri Sam, who will represent Miami in the All-Star game, scored 15 points and added six rebounds. All-Star Shannon Johnson led Orlando with 15 points and Wendy Palmer added 13.
-- Associated Press