Nykesha Sales scored 22 points and matched a career high with 10 rebounds to lead the Connecticut Sun to a 71-67 overtime win over the visiting Detroit Shock last night.
Sales hit two free throws with 13.6 seconds left to send the game into overtime tied at 61. Her fallaway jumper 15 seconds into the final period kicked off an 8-0 run, and the Sun held the Shock for its first win in the last eight meetings over the defending WNBA champs.
Sales picked up her fifth foul with 5 minutes 57 seconds left in regulation, but remained on the floor until the final buzzer. She was anything but tentative, grabbing three steals and three defensive rebounds in overtime.
Swin Cash led Detroit with 22 points and eight rebounds. Nearly unstoppable in the opening half, Cash had 10 points in the first eight minutes and 18 by the break, shooting 8 for 10. Her baseline jumper with 1.8 seconds left tied it 34-34 at the half.
Most of Cash's early baskets came on the fast break, but stronger rebounding by the Sun in the second half bottled up Detroit's running game. Cash had just one field goal in the second half.
* FEVER 71, SPARKS 67: In Indianapolis, Tamika Catchings scored 24 points and Indiana used late free throws to defeat Los Angeles despite going without a field goal for the final six minutes.
It was the first win for Indiana in six games with the Sparks.
Los Angeles overcame a 58-44 deficit in the second half to tie the game at 65 with 56.2 seconds left.
* MONARCHS 61, COMETS 55: In Sacramento, Yolanda Griffith had 22 points and 11 rebounds, helping the Monarchs to a victory over Houston.