Jennifer Azzi had a career-high 20 points and hit four three-pointers as the Detroit Shock beat the Rockers, 69-60, in a WNBA game last night in Cleveland.
A fight broke out with less than six minutes remaining with Detroit holding a 54-50 lead. The Rockers' Tracy Henderson and the Shock's Cindy Brown started fighting after a foul was called on Henderson.
Both players and the Shock's Val Whiting were ejected. Detroit Coach Nancy Lieberman-Cline also picked up a technical foul during the delay.
The Rockers held Detroit scoreless for more than seven minutes and went on a 12-0 run to close to 54-52, but missed four straight free throws that could have tied the game at 56. Instead, the Shock pulled away with an 8-0 run.
COMETS 75, STING 62: In Charlotte, Cynthia Cooper scored 26 points and Sheryl Swoopes added 22.
Cooper went 6 for 13, including 3 for 6 from three-point range, and hit all 11 of her free throws. Andrea Stinson led the Sting with 18 points.
Tina Thompson had 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds for Houston, which held a 33-25 rebounding advantage. The Comets shot 50 percent in the second half and held the Sting to 35 percent shooting.
MERCURY 73, MIRACLE 67: Kristi Harrower, starting in place of an ill Michele Timms for the third straight game, scored 16 points as host Phoenix staved off an Orlando rally.
The Miracle, down 59-42 with seven minutes left, staged an 11-0 run featuring seven points by Shannon Johnson. The surge cut the Mercury lead to 62-58 with less than a minute to go, but Phoenix converted 12 of 14 free throws down the stretch for its fourth victory in five games. Johnson finished with 22 points to tie a career high.