Lisa Leslie scored nine of her 22 points in overtime as the Los Angeles Sparks overcame a 16-point, first-half deficit to defeat the visiting New York Liberty, 75-72, yesterday.

Leslie hit two free throws 17 seconds into the overtime and her layup and three-pointer put the Sparks ahead 69-64 with 3 minutes 30 seconds left.

Liberty reserve Crystal Robinson's two free throws and three-point baskets with 28 and 25 seconds left in overtime cut the deficit to three at the end.

New York bungled the play designed to get Robinson a potential game-tying shot.

"I would have liked to have had a timeout, so I could advance the ball and set Robinson up for another good one," Liberty Coach Richie Adubato said.

STARZZ 76, ROCKERS 70: Adrienne Goodson had 20 points and five rebounds as visiting Utah held off Cleveland and hot-shooting Merlakia Jones, who scored a franchise-high 27 points. Jones scored 23 of the Rockers' 43 second-half points, including 11 of the final 13 with a burst of three three-pointers and a steal and layup that cut the gap to 72-70 with 19 seconds left.

Earlier, the WNBA suspended four players and fined a fifth for their parts in a fight during Friday's game between the Detroit Shock and Cleveland.

Cleveland's Tracy Henderson was suspended for two games and fined $2,000 for fighting. Detroit's Dominique Canty was suspended one game and fined $1,000 and her teammate, Val Whiting, was handed the same penalty.

Detroit's Astou Ndiaye was suspended one game and fined $500 for leaving the bench during the altercation, and the Shock's Cindy Brown was fined $750 for helping to initiate the fight.

MIRACLE 73, MONARCHS 64: Shannon Johnson scored a franchise-record 31 points as Orlando held off Sacramento to win for the second time in seven games. It was only the second home loss in eight games this season for the Monarchs, who led just once in the game.