Crystal Robinson scored New York's first nine points in overtime and the Liberty recovered to beat the visiting Utah Starzz, 88-82, after blowing a 14-point lead yesterday.

Robinson, a reserve, finished with 16 points as New York ended a slide in which it dropped two straight and three of its last four. Utah lost its fourth in a row.

"I've been working on Crystal to develop an inside game to go with her outside shooting," New York Coach Richie Adubato said. "Once she does that, she'll be a more complete player."

Kym Hampton led the Liberty (9-6) with 20 points. Teresa Weatherspoon had 15 points to go along with a game-high 10 assists.

Natalie Williams, who sent the game into overtime with two free throws with 24.4 seconds left, had a game-high 24 points for the Starzz (5-10) in 45 minutes. She was 12 of 13 from the free throw line.

Adrienne Goodson added 19 points for Utah.

A jumper by Goodson 11 seconds into overtime gave the Starzz a 77-75 lead before a pair of free throws by Robinson tied it.

Robinson made four consecutive free throws in 31 seconds to give the Liberty an 84-80 advantage with 1 minute 3 seconds to play.

New York used a 19-0 first-half run to take a commanding 24-10 lead with 11:26 remaining. At the half, New York led 43-33.

But Utah slowly chipped away at the lead before Williams scored seven straight points to cut the deficit to 68-67 with 3:50 to play. The Starzz outplayed, outrebounded and outscored the Liberty in the second, but could not continue the run in overtime, as they scored just seven points.

SPARKS 78, COMETS 65: Gordana Grubin scored all 15 of her points in the second half as host Los Angeles beat Houston.

Grubin hit consecutive three-pointers during a decisive 14-0 run early in the second half to give Los Angeles a 48-37 lead.

The Sparks broke a seven-game losing streak against the Comets.

Grubin hit her fourth three-pointer and made three free throws as the Sparks scored eight consecutive points after an 8-2 Houston run cut the deficit to 65-55 with 3:51 to play.

Lisa Leslie scored a team-high 20 points, while DeLisha Milton and Mwadi Mabika each had 12 for the Sparks.