Game 9: Thursday night at the Delta Center

Charlotte 37 31 — 68Utah 42 54 — 96

First half: Natalie Williams (24 points, 18 rebounds) scored eight points and Margo Dydek added a blocked shot, rebound and three assists in a 14-0 Utah run that took the Starzz from a 10-9 lead to 24-9. Williams finished the half with 10 boards and 13 points.

Second half: This time the Starzz didn't let it slip away. Sting center Rhonda Mapp took a 3-pointer to make it 44-41 for Utah, and Andrea Stinson's 12-footer briefly kept the margin at three, but another Dydek block following an Adrienne Goodson basket set Utah on a 10-0 run that built daylight into the lead.

Records: Starzz 4-5; Sting 1-6

Next up: Starzz host Washington, 7 p.m. Saturday at Delta Center.

Quotable: "Margo's a great turnaround (shooter), and both of us are strong posts. We should get people in foul trouble." — Starzz forward Natalie Williams , whose team shot 35 free throws to 18 for the Sting.

Starzz 96, Sting 68

Game 9: Thursday at Delta Center

Charlotte 37 31—68

Utah 42 54—96

First half:

Second half:

Records: Starzz 4-5, Sting 1-6

Up next: Hosts Washington Saturday night in Delta Center, 7 p.m.

Quote: " We've got to make them contend." - Starzz forward Natalie Williams, whose team shot 35 free throws to 18 for the Sting

Starzz 96, Sting 68

FG FT Reb CHAR Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTSTravis 26 3-5 0-0 1-3 0 4 7Bauer 21 0-4 0-0 2-4 1 3 0Mapp 242 6-14 0-0 2-6 1 5 13Staley 34 2-11 0-0 0-1 6 3 4Stinson 34 8-15 2-2 3-7 4 3 18Enis 24 4-10 3-6 4-6 0 4 12Erb 5 0-1 0-2 0-0 0 1 0Hill 10 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 2Reid 16 3-6 4-8 3-4 0 2 10Braziel 6 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 0 2Totals 200 28-72 9-18 16-33 13 26 68 Percentages: FG .389, FT .500. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Travis 1-2, Mapp 1-1, Staley 0-4, Stinson 0-1, Enis 1-4). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots: 5 (Mapp 2, Stinson 2, Travis). Turnovers: 16 (Stinson 6, Staley 3, Travis 2, Braziel 2, Bauer, Hill, Reid). Steals: 9 (Stinson 3, Travis 2, Staley 2, Bauer, Mapp). Technical Fouls: Mapp, 2:51 second.

FG FT Reb UTA Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTSGoodson 34 11-16 5-7 1-6 4 3 27Williams 38 9-20 6-9 9-18 3 3 24Dydek 36 5-9 6-8 2-4 4 4 16Ivanyi 25 2-6 0-0 2-7 5 2 4Hlede 22 3-8 1-1 0-5 2 2 7Frese 15 0-1 1-2 0-1 0 0 1Johnson 17 3-3 2-4 0-1 3 1 8Herrig 4 0-1 0-0 2-2 0 2 0Starbird 6 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 5Mulitauaopele 2 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0Gaither 1 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0Totals 200 35-67 25-35 16-47 21 18 96 Percentages: FG .522, FT .714. 3-Point Goals: 1-6, .167 (Starbird 1-2, Goodson 0-1, Ivanyi 0-1, Frese 0-1, Dydek 0-1). Team Rebounds: 47. Blocked Shots: 10 (Dydek 7, Starbird 2, Goodson). Turnovers: 17 (Ivanyi 4, Goodson 3, Dydek 3, Herrig 3, Williams 2, Johnson, Starbird). Steals: 9 (Hlede 3, Williams 2, Ivanyi 2, Goodson, Frese). Technical Fouls: None.

Charlotte 37 31—68Utah 42 54—96 A—4,582. T—1:51.