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Connecticut beats Liberty, sets franchise wins record



Published: Wed, August 3, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Sacramento beat the Silver Stars for its fifth straight win.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK -- Taj McWilliams-Franklin had 19 points and seven rebounds, and Katie Douglas added 18 points to lead the Connecticut Sun over the New York Liberty 72-65 Tuesday night.

Nykesha Sales scored 14 points and Asjha Jones 10 for Eastern Conference-leading Connecticut (19-6), which set a franchise record for wins. The Sun, winners of seven of nine, had 18 victories in each of their first two seasons since moving from Orlando after the 2002 season.

Becky Hammon scored 17 points, and Elena Baranova, Shameka Christon and Ann Wauters added 10 each for New York (12-12), which lost for the third time in four games. Baranova also had a game-high 10 rebounds.

Monarchs 67, Silver Stars 57

SAN ANTONIO -- Yolanda Griffith had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Sacramento beat the Silver Stars for its fifth straight victory.

Nicole Powell added 17 points for the Monarchs (18-7).

The Silver Stars (7-19) were led by rookies Katie Feenstra and Shyra Ely. Feenstra scored 12 points and Ely 11.

Mystics 65, Sting 63

WASHINGTON -- Chasity Melvin had 17 points and seven rebounds to lead the Mystics over the Sting, losers of a franchise record nine straight games.

The Mystics (13-12) completed a four-game season sweep of the Sting (3-21), who dropped to 0-12 on the road this season.

Tangela Smith had a season-high 25 points and eight rebounds for Charlotte.

Delisha Milton-Jones scored 12 points and reserves Murriel Page and Coco Miller added 10 apiece for the Mystics.

Comets 62, Shock 61

HOUSTON -- Sheryl Swoopes hit a 12-foot jumper with 23 seconds to play to give the Comets the victory.

Recently acquired Dawn Staley hit a long 3-pointer to give Houston a 60-59 lead with 2:46 left. Swoopes, who finished with 17 points, hit her game-winner after Deanna Nolan had given Detroit a 61-60 lead with 40 seconds left.

Michelle Snow added 15 points and two blocks for the Comets (15-10).

Nolan scored 23 points for Detroit (10-13) and had a chance to win the game with less than two seconds remaining, but her jumper glanced off the front of the rim. Cheryl Ford added 12 points for the Shock.

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