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Mercury rally for victory over Fever in final seconds

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Mercury 66, Fever 65

INDIANAPOLIS — Rankica Sarenac scored 15 points, including the winning free throws with 26.6 seconds remaining, as the Phoenix Mercury rallied for a 66-65 victory over the Indiana Fever on Saturday.

Sarenac scored 13 points in the second half as Phoenix (11-6) extended Indiana's losing streak to 10 games. The expansion Fever (3-14) have lost eight straight at home.

Indiana's Rita Williams missed two free throws with 9.4 seconds to play, Brandy Reed grabbed the rebound, and Phoenix ran out the clock. Reed had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Mercury.

Gordana Grubin and Monica Maxwell scored 18 points each for Indiana. Kara Wolters added 13 and Alicia Thompson 12.

LIBERTY 63, SOL 51: At New York, Tamika Whitmore tied a season high with 17 points as New York beat expansion Miami to move above .500 for the first time this season.

Whitmore finished 7-for-8 from the field, and Vickie Johnson added 14 points for the Liberty (10-9). Tari Phillips had 10 points and seven rebounds for New York, which won its season-high third straight game.

Sharon Manning and Marlies Askamp led Miami (6-12) with eight points apiece.

New York outscored the Sol 20-10 in the final eight minutes. Reserve Becky Hammon, who finished with 11 points, scored eight in the run.

MIRACLE 64, STORM 53: At Orlando, Fla., Adrienne Johnson had 18 points, and Nykesha Sales scored all 16 of her points in the second half as Orlando won its fifth straight game.

Seattle cut Orlando's lead to 46-42 on a basket by Simone Edwards with 7:23 remaining. However, the Miracle pulled away with an 11-2 run that made it 57-44 with 3:08 left. Seattle did not get closer than 11 points the remainder of the game as the Miracle (12-6) shot 69.6 percent in the second half.

Seattle (3-15) shot 39.6 percent from the field en route to its 10th loss in 11 games. Edwards, a reserve, led the Storm in scoring with 18 points as the starters shot just 10-for-27 from the field. Only one other Seattle player, Sonja Henning, reached double figures in scoring with 11 points.

ROCKERS 80, STING 59: At Charlotte, N.C., Rushia Brown scored 24 points to lead Cleveland over Charlotte.

The Sting (3-15), who lost nine consecutive home games before beating Miami on Wednesday night, led 15-10 with 11:36 left in the first half after a 12-foot jumper by Tiffany Travis.

But Cleveland responded with a 7-0 run, featuring a three-point play by Brown, and the Rockers (9-8) never trailed again. Mery Andrade added 17 points on 8-for-10 shooting for Cleveland, which stayed 2 1/2 games behind the first-place Miracle.