Cash is on the money as Shock cruises past Sky

She scored 20 points as Detroit rallied in the second half, 92-84.


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Swin Cash scored 20 points and the Detroit Shock used another strong second half to beat the Chicago Sky 92-84 on Tuesday night.

The Shock, who scored a league-record 72-points in the second half of Sunday’s 111-82 rout of Phoenix, shot 69 percent in the second half against the Sky. Detroit is 5-0 all-time against Chicago.

Deanna Nolan had 18 points for Detroit, which had five players in double figures, and two — Cheryl Ford and Plenette Pierson — with double-doubles.

Jia Perkins led all scorers with 22 points, and Chasity Melvin added 18. Candice Dupree scored 17, but needed 26 field-goal attempts to get there.

Two days after recovering from a lethargic first half by scoring a league-record 40 points in the third period against Phoenix, Detroit was at it again.

This time, they put together a 10-2 run to finish the third and take a 63-57 lead.

Nolan and Ford then scored the first two baskets of the fourth quarter, moving the margin to 10, and Chicago never seriously threatened down the stretch.

Shock coach Bill Laimbeer reinstated All-Star center Kara Braxton to the starting lineup, two days after benching her for all but the final moments of the Phoenix game.

Storm 82, Sparks 47

LOS ANGELES — Iziane Castro Marques scored 19 points and Lauren Jackson had 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Seattle Storm to a rout of the Los Angeles Sparks.

The 47 points was a record low for Los Angeles, which also went down to a franchise-record sixth consecutive defeat. The Sparks shot a season-worst 29.9 percent.

Betty Lennox added 12 points and Janell Burse had 11 for the Storm (11-8), who have won four of the last five and are 6-2 in their last eight games.

“We just focused on getting into the playoffs,” Castro Marques said. “If you keep playing the way we were playing, you’re not going to get there.

“We had to be fourth at the [All-Star] break.”

Taj McWilliams-Franklin scored 10 points for the Sparks (7-12).

“I’m about to shed tears because I’m a defensive coach,” Sparks coach Michael Cooper said. “For our defense to be incomplete and incompetent is obviously a reflection on me.”

Lennox scored five points and Jackson added four during a 13-2 surge that gave the Storm a 24-12 lead at the start of the second quarter.

Seattle made 10 of 17 shots in the first quarter while the Sparks missed 10 of 15 and committed eight turnovers that the Storm used to score 11 points.

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