Sheryl Swoopes scored only three points in the second half, but she managed to find a way to keep the Houston Comets undefeated at home.

Swoopes's layup with 25 seconds left lifted the Comets to a 59-57 win over the Phoenix Mercury last night.

After tweaking her left ankle just after halftime, Swoopes didn't score again until she made a free throw with less than a minute to go. Then she hit the game-winning shot to finish with 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting -- well below her season average of 25 points -- and five assists.

* MONARCHS 81, SPARKS 53: Nicole Powell's career-high 22 points and Lisa Leslie's career-low three points helped Sacramento beat Los Angeles at Arco Arena.

Chamique Holdsclaw led the Sparks with 11 points, but the Western Conference preseason favorite fell to 3-3, behind the conference-leading Monarchs (4-1).

Leslie finished 0 for 7, scoring only at the free throw line and well below her 16.4-point average.

Powell, who was traded to Sacramento after a disappointing rookie season in Charlotte, finished 5 of 7 from three-point range. Ticha Penicheiro added nine assists and eight rebounds.

* SUN 80, SILVER STARS 69: Margo Dydek scored 15 points and had a team-record nine blocks to lead Connecticut at home.

The 7-foot-2 Dydek was facing her former team for the first time since being traded to Connecticut in a draft-day.

* LYNX 73, STING 67: Katie Smith scored 17 points and Svetlana Abrosimova added 15 to lead Minnesota past Charlotte in Minneapolis.

Tammy Sutton-Brown scored 14 points for the Sting, which fell to 0-3 on the road.

* STORM 83, FEVER 77: Lauren Jackson had season highs with 24 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocked shots to lead host Seattle to its fourth straight win since an 18-point loss to Los Angeles in the season opener.