Detroit rookie Dominique Canty scored eight of her 13 points in a 15-1 run late in the second half to lead the Shock to an 86-77 victory over the Utah Starzz yesterday in Auburn Hills, Mich.
"It feels great being back on track finally," Canty said. "The past couple of games I haven't been hitting my shots. I've been in a little slump. Coach told me to keep shooting and it'll fall eventually."
The victory extended Detroit's winning streak to four games and Utah's losing streak to six, including four straight road losses.
"We've been one play away, especially on the road," Starzz Coach Fred Williams said. "We're one or two plays from making things happen."
With 7-foot-2 center Margo Dydek patrolling inside, Utah outrebounded Detroit by seven. Dydek led the Starzz with 22 points.
Cindy Brown led Detroit with 18 points; reserve center Val Whiting contributed six points and nine rebounds.
"We didn't execute down the stretch," Utah guard Debbie Black said. "It's all right to play well, but we desperately needed a win and this was one we thought we could win."
Starzz guard Adrienne Goodson scored four points in a 12-7 run to start the second half, giving Utah its largest lead at 51-45.
LYNX 76, STING 67: Brandy Reed scored 26 points -- including 11 during a decisive 25-10 second-half run -- and Tonya Edwards added 21 as Minnesota won on the road.
"I'm the type of player that wants the ball in clutch situations down the stretch. I feel confident in myself and want to take the shot," Reed said.
After the Lynx led 33-31 at halftime, Charlotte tied the game at 37 four minutes into the second half on two free throws by Rhonda Mapp.
The Sting pushed its lead to 45-41 before Minnesota took control. Angie Pothoff's layup with 11 minutes 32 seconds remaining put the Lynx ahead for good at 48-47. Reed added 11 points and Edwards six as Minnesota built its lead to 66-55 with 4:46 to play.
Mapp had 22 points and nine rebounds for Charlotte.
SPARKS 84, MERCURY 63: Lisa Leslie scored 11 of her 18 points in the first half as Los Angeles easily won at home.
Leslie, one of five Sparks players in double figures, added seven rebounds and five assists. Teammate DeLisha Milton scored 14 points. Jennifer Gillom led Phoenix with 18 points.