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Hlede shocks Liberty by ending her slump

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Korie Hlede broke out of a seasonlong slump with 17 points, leading the Detroit Shock to a 91-71 victory over the New York Liberty on Monday night.

The game was New York's first at the Palace of Auburn Hills since an 82-68 loss in the final game of last season. That loss eliminated the Liberty (5-2) from playoff contention.Shock coach Nancy Lieberman-Cline juggled her starting lineup, putting in rookie Dominique Canty and Rachael Sporn for the slumping Hlede and Val Whiting. Canty, Sporn (12 points) and Hlede all responded by scoring in double figures.

Cindy Brown, playing with a badly bruised tailbone, scored 15 points for Detroit (5-4). New York's Vickie Johnson led all scorers with 18.

ROCKERS 70, MERCURY 51: Chasity Melvin scored 15 points and Suzie McConnell Serio added 10 as Cleveland won for just the second time this season.

The Rockers (2-7) used a 23-5 run early in the second half to break the game open. Six different players scored during the nine-minute run, which pushed Cleveland from a 35-33 deficit at the 15:11 mark to a 56-40 lead with less than seven minutes remaining.

Cleveland outrebounded Phoenix 40-22. Bridget Pettis had 13 points to lead the Mercury (3-5).

MIRACLE 68, COMETS 66: Nykesha Sales scored 23 points as Orlando beat previously undefeated Houston.

Sales scored 15 points in the second half, including five of the Miracle's last eight, as Orlando withstood a desperate Houston rally to improve to 5-3 for the season.

The defeat was Houston's (7-1) first at home since losing to Cleveland last Aug. 1.