With time running out, Tynesha Lewis took advice from her teammates. After Charlotte's set play broke down, Lewis took the ball to the basket for a driving layup at the buzzer that gave the Sting a 59-57 victory last night over the visiting San Antonio Silver Stars.
"The play wasn't for me," said Lewis, who scored just four points. "Before the play [Dawn Staley] said 'When in doubt, take it to the basket.' Well, I was in doubt, so I went to the basket.
"I didn't know if I could make it all the way to the basket, but it parted like the Red Sea so I had a layup."
Tammy Sutton-Brown had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Charlotte Smith-Taylor added 10 points for the Sting (4-5), which has won two straight after a four-game losing streak.
"Tynesha told me when we were out West, we need a break," Sting Coach Trudi Lacey said. "I told her we need to make our breaks. She gave us that break tonight."
LaToya Thomas had 19 points and seven rebounds, including a tying putback with 9.1 seconds left for the Silver Stars (3-7), who have lost six in a row. Thomas scored eight of the Silver Stars' final 12 points as they fought back from a 10-point deficit in the second half.
"We're going to stay positive," Thomas said. "I was in a groove at the end and we executed. Then [Lewis] made a great shot. We were playing good defense, but she just snuck in there and made the shot."
The Sting scored the first four points after halftime to take their largest lead at 37-27.
The teams combined to miss 23 of their first 29 shots, a fitting display for the two lowest-scoring clubs in the WNBA. San Antonio shot just 35 percent for the game.
Staley's three-pointer started a 9-2 run that put Charlotte ahead, 30-21. Marie Ferdinand's two free throws made it 33-27 at halftime.
The game matched the two U.S. Olympic point guards -- Staley and San Antonio's Shannon Johnson. Staley had six points and six assists, and Johnson had five points and three assists.
* STORM 86, LIBERTY 62: Lauren Jackson had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Sherri Sam added 15 points and seven rebounds to help league-leading Seattle win handily in New York.
Seattle used a 41-12 run over a 15-minute stretch spanning the first and second halves to hand New York its third straight loss after a six-game winning streak.
Janell Burse had 12 points and nine rebounds, and Betty Lennox added 10 points and six rebounds for the Storm (6-2).
Ann Wauters led the Liberty (6-4) with 15 points and five rebounds.