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Detroit can't hang with Cooper, Comets

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Cynthia Cooper scored 17 of her 24 points as Houston built a 20-point halftime lead and remained unbeaten with a 77-65 win over the Detroit Shock Thursday.

Sheryl Swoopes added 19 for the Comets and Tina Thompson had 13. Korie Hlede led Detroit with a season-high 17, while Sandy Brondello added 16.Detroit was without U.S. Olympian Jen Azzi, out with an injured quadriceps muscle. Houston center Monica Lamb missed the game after she injured her left eye in practice on Tuesday.

The Comets have never lost to Detroit.

STING 88, MERCURY 72: At Charlotte, N.C., Andrea Stinson scored 23 points and Vicky Bullett added 16 for Charlotte.

Stinson closed the first half with a driving layup to put Charlotte ahead 39-26. Bullett led the way with 12 second-half points. Gillom lead the Mercury with 20.

LYNX 86, SPARKS 73: At Inglewood, Calif., Brandy Reed scored 20 of her career-high 28 points in the second half as expansion Minnesota defeated Los Angeles.

Tonya Edwards had 16 and reserve Kristin Folkl 13 for Minnesota.

Lisa Leslie had 21 points, 14 in the first half, for Los Angeles. Mwadi Mabika scored 17 points and Tamecka Dixon 14 for the Sparks.