Katie Douglas scored a season-high 22 points and Nykesha Sales added 16 to lead the Connecticut Sun to a 64-51 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Sparks last night.
Douglas hit a career-high 12 free throws on 14 tries in a physical game marked by 42 fouls and technicals on Sparks Coach Henry Bibby and center Lisa Leslie.
The Sun (21-6) has already clinched a playoff spot. The Sparks (12-14) are trying to stay in the postseason picture. Connecticut continued its domination over Western Conference opponents. It's 13-1 against the West, including a two-game sweep of the two-time champion Sparks, whom it held to a season low in points.
* SHOCK 71, STING 64: Katie Smith scored 21 points and Deanna Nolan added 17 as host Detroit (12-14) won for the second time in a row and moved within a game of New York for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
* LYNX 76, SILVER STARS 72: Stacey Lovelace scored a career-high 17 points to lead Minnesota over visiting San Antonio.
* STORM 71, COMETS 68: Lauren Jackson scored 27 points to lead Seattle past Sheryl Swoopes (34 points) and visiting Houston.