Swin Cash outdid even herself in leading the Detroit Shock to its fifth straight win. Cash scored a career-high 29 points, helping the defending WNBA champion Shock beat the Monarchs, 84-74, last night in Sacramento.

A slim forward with the quickness of a guard, Cash scored on a variety of shots in the second half, when she had 17 points and the Shock (6-3) pulled away from struggling Sacramento (3-7).

Cash, who has averaged 22 points during the winning streak, made 10 of 15 shots and converted 8 of 11 free throws for Detroit, which started the season 1-3.

"Everyone is starting to contribute now; we weren't doing that early in the season," Cash said. "Right now, we're playing well and feeding off each other."

Deanna Nolan added 16 points for the Shock, which shot 50 percent. Cheryl Ford and Ruth Riley each scored eight points.

Tangela Smith scored a season-high 21 points for the Monarchs, who trailed by 22 points and lost for the fourth time in five games. They're 1-4 this year at home.

* LYNX 66, COMETS 58: In Minneapolis, Katie Smith scored 22 points to help Minnesota snap a two-game losing streak.

Tamika Williams added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Lynx (5-5). Sheryl Swoopes, slowed by a sore right ankle, led Houston (6-6) with 18 points.

* FEVER 70, LIBERTY 65: Tamika Catchings had 25 points and 12 rebounds -- both season highs -- to lead host Indiana.

* STORM 74, SILVER STARS 61: Lauren Jackson, playing in her 100th WNBA game, scored 27 points to help visiting Seattle push its winning streak to six games.