Sheryl Swoopes, the leading vote-getter for the WNBA All-Star Game, and Western Conference starters Cynthia Cooper and Tina Thompson combined for 50 points last night as Houston beat the Minnesota Lynx, 80-54.
Cooper had 21 points and nine assists, one shy of her career high. Swoopes added 15 points, and Thompson, who didn't score in the first half, contributed 14 points and nine rebounds.
Sonja Henning also had 14 points for Houston, which shot 53.4 percent (31 for 58). Minnesota shot only 31 percent (22 for 71) and missed 19 of 25 three-pointers.
After making its first shot, the Lynx missed the next 11 as Houston took control early. A 10-2 run gave Houston a 20-7 lead with 7 minutes 46 seconds left in the half.
Cooper scored 14 points in the first half and Henning 10 as the Comets took a 36-22 lead into the break. Houston shot 48.3 percent (14 for 29) in the first half compared with just 22.2 percent (8 for 36) for the Lynx.
Adia Barnes led Minnesota with nine points.
Houston used a 24-5 run to build its biggest lead after Minnesota closed to 46-32.
Cooper, the league's leading scorer at 23.4 points a game, hasn't reached her average in the last five games, but the Comets have won four in a row and the last three at home.
STARZZ 104, SHOCK 94: Natalie Williams scored 31 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead host Utah to the double-overtime victory over Detroit.
Detroit's Sandy Brondello had 33 points, including three-pointers that forced both overtimes.
The Starzz put the game away with an 11-1 run in the second overtime, featuring seven points by Williams and four by Adrienne Goodson.
The Starzz led by four points with 1:15 remaining in regulation, but two turnovers allowed the Shock to tie it at 77 with 40 seconds left.
Williams hit a short jumper to make it 79-77 and Goodson hit a free throw to give Utah a three-point lead.
Brondello's 21-footer as time expired tied it 80-80.
Utah led 91-84 with 1:40 remaining in the first overtime, but Detroit went on a 9-2 run, with Brondello hitting a three-pointer with 3.1 seconds remaining to force a second overtime.
Goodson finished with 25 points. Margo Dydek added 15 points and 16 rebounds and Elena Baranova had 14 points for the Starzz.
Cindy Brown had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Shock and Dominique Candy and Val Whiting each had 11 points.