Mystics 66, Sting 61

Chasity Melvin scored seven of her 15 points in overtime and the Washington Mystics beat the Charlotte Sting, 66-61, Tuesday night at Charlotte Coliseum.

Melvin made consecutive layups and hit two free throws in an 8-1 run to start the extra period, leading the Mystics (7-7) to their fourth win in five games.

Alana Beard also had 15 points and Delisha Milton-Jones scored 12 for Washington, which lost a 15-point lead in the first half and a five-point advantage with 37 seconds left in regulation.

Trailing by three, Sting guard Dawn Staley made an off-balance shot from near the top of the key and was fouled with 6.8 seconds left in regulation. She then made the tying free throw.

Milton-Jones missed a jumper at the buzzer for Washington, sending the game to overtime.

"When people catch up by a three-point play at the end, you can go right in the tank and be completely demoralized," Mystics Coach Richie Adubato said. "I'm very pleased we were mentally tough enough after we blew the game."

Tangela Smith scored 13 points and rookie Janel McCarville added a career-high 11 points and seven rebounds for the Sting (2-10), which shot 2 for 7 in overtime.

* SPARKS 61, FEVER 58: Chamique Holdsclaw scored 17 points and Tamika Whitmore completed a three-point play with 41 seconds left for visiting Los Angeles.

Whitmore finished with 15 points. Her offensive rebound, layup and free throw ended the scoring. The win wasn't secured until Indiana's Tully Bevilaqua's three-point attempt from the corner bounced off the rim at the buzzer.

Los Angeles (8-6) helped itself by making 14 of 15 free throws, while Indiana (8-5) was 9 of 10 from the line.

* SUN 70, MONARCHS 66: Nykesha Sales scored 19 points to lead host Connecticut over Sacramento.

With her final basket of the night, with 1:46 left, Sales became the ninth player in WNBA history to reach 3,000 career points.

Sales needs 10 steals and two assists to join Sheryl Swoopes as the only two players to have at least 3,000 points, 500 assists and 400 steals in a career.

Lindsay Whalen finished with 14 points and five assists for the Sun (11-2).

DeMya Walker led the Monarchs (9-4) with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

* LYNX 63, SILVER STARS 53: Vanessa Hayden scored 17 points to rally Minnesota at home.

Rookie Katie Feenstra scored 16 points for the Silver Stars (3-12), who fell to 1-8 on the road and 0-8 against Western Conference opponents.

Katie Smith scored 14 points and Nicole Ohlde added 12 for the Lynx (8-6).

* COMETS 71, STORM 67: Sheryl Swoopes scored 21 points and host Houston beat Seattle for its third straight victory.

Michelle Snow added 11 points and 11 rebounds for her third double-double of the season, and gave the Comets (7-5) a 60-59 lead with a layup with 4:58 remaining.

Betty Lennox got the Storm (7-7) within 64-62 with a long three-pointer with 2:17 left.