Shock 61, Storm 56
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Detroit Shock coach Nancy Lieberman-Cline knew that this week's home games against the Seattle Storm and Miami Sol were crucial for her team.
So when she found out that guards Dominique Canty and Claudia Maria das Neves were ready to return from injuries, she was thrilled.
While das Neves struggled, Canty was immediately in top form, scoring 15 points with five steals.
Canty said that sitting out was frustrating, especially during Sunday's loss to Orlando.
"It was awful to just watch, especially when we were losing games that we never should have lost," she said. "So it felt great to be back out there and contributing to a victory."
Canty had some help from Wendy Palmer, who was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team before the game and celebrated with nine points down the stretch.
LIBERTY 84, STING 70: At New York, Vickie Johnson scored 19 points as the New York Liberty won their fourth straight with their win over the Charlotte Sting.
Andrea Stinson had 21 for the Sting (3-17), losers of four straight and nine of 10. Charlotte, which made the playoffs in each of the WNBA's first three seasons, shares the worst record in the league with expansion Seattle.
The Liberty (11-9) led by 18 at halftime and increased their lead to 56-24 lead on a jumper by Crystal Robinson with 15:02 remaining.
ROCKERS 74, MIRACLE 72 (OT): At Cleveland, Merlakia Jones hit a running 12-foot jumper with 0.6 seconds remaining in overtime as Cleveland beat Orlando for its third straight victory.
Jones got the ball at the top of the key with nine seconds to play. She dribbled right and then left, before sending a high-arcing shot over Taj McWilliams as the Rockers (11-8) pulled within 1 1/2 games of the first Miracle (13-7) in the Eastern Conference.
McWilliams led Orlando with 22 points, and Nykesha Sales scored all 20 of her points in the second half. Mery Andrade had 17 points and Jones added 16 for the Rockers.
FEVER 81, MYSTICS 58: At Washington, former Washington guard Rita Williams scored a career-high 17 points as Indiana ended a 10-game losing streak.
Monica Maxwell and Stephanie McCarty each scored 13 points for the Fever (4-14). Vicky Bullet led Washington (8-11) with 15 points and eight rebounds.
COMETS 77, MONARCHS 62: At Houston, Sheryl Swoopes had 25 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and the Houston Comets closed with a 13-0 run over the final 5:05.
Yolanda Griffith scored 22 points — 14 in the first half — as the three-time WNBA champion Comets improved to league-best 19-2 mark.
Houston had a 15-2 run to take a 35-31 lead at halftime. Sacramento regained the lead at the start of the second half with a 10-2 run, but the Comets quickly took it right back and never trailed again.