Elena Baranova scored 16 points and Shameka Christon added 11 to lead the New York Liberty to a 68-64 victory over the Minnesota Lynx yesterday in Minneapolis.

The Liberty won its third straight and first on the road after dropping its season opener by a basket at Indiana.

Katie Smith led Minnesota with 20 points and Teresa Edwards added 13.

The Lynx took their only lead on Amanda Lassiter's three-pointer from the corner that made it 58-57 with 2 minutes 25 seconds left.

New York scored the next five points and held the Lynx scoreless until the final 15 seconds.

Becky Hammon, who had a career-high and franchise-record 33 points at Minnesota last year, finished with nine points, eight rebounds and eight assists for New York.

* COMETS 63, MONARCHS 57: Tina Thompson scored 27 points, including eight in the first eight minutes, to lead Houston past visiting Sacramento.

Kendra Holland-Corn added 12 points for the Comets.

Ruthie Bolton scored 13 first-half points in a reserve role for the Monarchs, and Yolanda Griffith and Kara Lawson each added nine points.

Griffith tied the score at 45 with 9:44 left, but the Comets closed out the win with an 18-12 run.

Lynx's Katie Smith (20 points) moves past Liberty's Tari Phillips.