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MINNEAPOLIS — Tina Thompson had 17 points and 10 rebounds and the Houston Comets withstood a Minnesota rally for a 59-52 victory over the Lynx on Saturday.

Janeth Arcain added 15 points for the Comets (10-2), who have beaten Minnesota in all eight games the teams have ever played.

Katie Smith scored 18 points and Erin Buescher added a career-high 16 for the Lynx (5-6), who set a WNBA record for first-half futility by scoring just 11 points.

They nearly made up for it in the second half.

Trailing 22-11, Minnesota opened the half with a 24-15 run to pull within two points with 10 minutes left. Shanele Stires' 3-pointer with 5:58 remaining put the Lynx up 46-45, their first lead since the opening minutes of the game.

But the Comets went 7-of-8 from the foul line down the stretch and closed the game with a 14-6 run.

Minnesota took a 3-2 lead at the 17:30 mark, but could not score again until Maylana Martin's basket with 3:53 left in the first half. In between, the Lynx missed 18 field goal attempts and fell behind 18-3.

The 33 combined first-half points tied a WNBA record. Minnesota's two first-half field goals, and 6.9 percent shooting (2-for-29), both marked franchise lows.

The record for fewest points in a half was set by Seattle, which scored nine in the second half of a 58-36 loss to Cleveland on June 14.

STING 58, ROCKERS 55: At Charlotte, N.C., Tammy Sutton-Brown scored 14 points as Charlotte snapped Cleveland's WNBA-best seven-game winning streak.

The Sting, who broke their franchise-record seven-game losing streak on Wednesday, have won three straight to improve to 4-10.

Allison Feaster added 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Rushia Brown led Cleveland (10-4) with 16 points. Merlakia Jones added 15 and Chastity Melvin scored 11.

LIBERTY 72, MIRACLE 60: At New York, Tari Phillips scored 16 points and New York held Orlando scoreless over the final 2 1/2 minutes for its eighth win in nine games.

Phillips scored 12 points in the second half and had 14 rebounds for the Liberty (9-4).