Friday, June 27, 2008
Liberty 102, Fever 96 (3 OT). Shamkea Criston of the Liberty (7-6) had six of her 23 points in the third overtime during a three-hour nationally televisioned game at Madison Square Garden. (The longest game? a four-overtime Mystics-Storm game in 2001.) Janel McCarville had a career high 31 points as the Liberty came down from a 13 point deficit in the second quarter. Ebony Hoffman of the Fever (7-7) also scored a career-high 26 points.
Shock 70, Sun 61. The hometown Shock (11-4) restored the balance to the Eastern Conference, beating the Sun (11-4) at home after the Shock lost to the Sun in Connecticut two nights earlier. Five players for Detroit would score double figures, with Deanna Nolan the high scorer at 13 points. The Shock outscored the Sun in the paint 40-19 and shot 43.9 percent from the field. However, Plenette Pierson suffered a knee-strain in the third quarter and did not return.
Lynx 80, Monarchs 76. The Monarchs (6-8) have now lost four of their last five games. Kara Lawson of the Monarchs managed to close the gap to two points despite dislocating her shoulder in the third quarter. Seimone Augustus (23 points) and Candace Wiggins (17 points) scored half of the Lynx's (8-6) total points, with Augustus scoring eight of Minnesota's last nine.
Comets 77, Silver Stars 71. With Tina Thompson out with a fractured left ring finger, Sancho Lyttle scored a career high 23 points to lead the home team Comets (6-8) to victory. It is the Comet's fifth win in the last six games. Ann Wauters of the Silver Stars (8-6) was responsible for seven of the Silver Stars's 16 turnovers.
Mercury 89, Sky 79. The Sky (3-9) dropped its fifth game in a row this season, this time to the visiting Mercury (6-7). The Sky had 17 turnovers which led to 20 Mercury points. This time, Taurasi and Pondexter spread the love around and five Mercury players finished in double figures. Chastity Melvin of the Sky scored a double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds, but the Sky only shot 35 percent from the field.
Mystics 77, Sparks 74 (OT). The sole basket scored in overtime was Monique Currie's three point shot as the Mystics (6-8) won their fourth game over the last five tries. Currie would finish with 24 points for the Mystics. Lisa Leslie of the Sparks (10-4) scored her 3,000th rebound in overtime, the only player in WNBA history to have 3,000 rebounds. Unfortunately, the Sparks went 0-for-8 for shooting in overtime.