Thompson-Less Comets Top Mystics
"Any win we can get these days is a good win," Swoopes said. "We had about 15 turnovers in the first half. It is very hard to win a basketball game with that many turnovers in a game, let alone a half. We played defensively and got a few other players involved, but the bottom line is that we came out of here with a 'W' and that is what we wanted to do."
• SUN 74, SHOCK 72: Nykesha Sales scored five of her 19 points in the final 1:15 to lead visiting Connecticut past Detroit.
Wendy Palmer added 18 points for the Sun and Lindsay Whalen had 12 points and a franchise-record 13 assists.
Swin Cash led the Shock with 20 points and Ruth Riley added 18.
Six straight points from Cash pulled Detroit within 69-68 and Riley put the Shock in front with two free throws with 1:35 left.
Sales then made a three-pointer, blocked Riley's shot and sank a layup to put Connecticut up 74-70.
Cash's layup made it 74-72 and Sales missed a shot, but Detroit's Chandi Jones missed a three-pointer in the closing seconds.
• SPARKS 83, LYNX 67: In Minneapolis, Mwadi Mabika scored 20 points to lead six Los Angeles players in double figures as the Sparks handed Minnesota its third straight loss.
Lisa Leslie scored 13 points and Nikki Teasley added 11 for Los Angeles (8-6).
• MONARCHS 63, MERCURY 57: Kara Lawson (West Springfield) scored 13 points and Sacramento, at home, won its second straight game. Lawson's three-pointer just more than two minutes into the contest capped a game-opening 9-0 run, a lead Phoenix never overcame.
Mercury rookie Diana Taurasi led all scorers with 16 points.
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