The Indiana Fever couldn't stop Tina Thompson, and it kept sending the Houston Comets to the free throw line.

Thompson had 31 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Comets to a 62-54 win over the slumping Fever yesterday.

Sheryl Swoopes added 12 points for the Comets, who did not make a field goal in the final 10 minutes 52 seconds, but sank 15 of 20 free throws down the stretch.

Thompson finished 8 for 17 from the field and 11 for 14 from the line. She was 4 for 4 from three-point range.

"Surprisingly they were giving me a lot of open shots, and those just don't come that easily," Thompson said.

Tamika Catchings had 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Fever, losers of six straight games. Catchings struggled, going 6 for 24 from the field. Natalie Williams added 13 points and nine rebounds.

The Fever (12-14) got within four points with 36 seconds to go, but the Comets won their fifth straight game at the line. Houston made 20 of 28 free throws.

* MONARCHS 62, STING 61: Tangela Smith scored 13 points for Sacramento, which rallied late to defeat visiting Charlotte.

Kara Lawson (West Springfield) made a pull-up jumper off the fast break, putting the Monarchs ahead for good at 60-59 with 2:33 left. It was Sacramento's first lead since midway through the first half.

The Sting (12-12) squandered a nine-point lead in the second half and fell out of first place in the Eastern Conference. It trails New York (13-12) by a half game.

* LIBERTY 80, SUN 66: Becky Hammon scored 24 points, and Crystal Robinson added 17 to lead the Liberty over Connecticut in New York.

Elena Baranova added nine points and 13 rebounds for New York, which won for the fourth time in five games.

* SPARKS 79, SILVER STARS 67: Lisa Leslie scored 17 points, leading Los Angeles to a victory in San Antonio.