CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tari Phillips scored 10 of her 12 points in the final seven minutes and New York held on to beat Charlotte 63-53 on Tuesday night.
Vickie Johnson added 15 points and Shameka Christon had 11 for the Liberty (4-1), who won their fourth straight game.
Charlotte Smith-Taylor had a career-high 18 points for the Sting (2-2), who were looking for their third straight win. Tammy Sutton-Brown added 11 points and eight rebounds.
"Tari is the type of player who never forgets those type of things," Liberty coach Richie Adubato said. "She took over down the stretch."
The Sting cut a 13-point second-half deficit to 43-39 on a jumper by Tynesha Lewis with 7:47 to go.
Phillips responded with a driving basket, a turnaround jumper, a layup and two free throws after an offensive rebound in an 8-3 run. The Sting got no closer than six points after that.
"They put us out last year and there's a rivalry between us," Phillips said. "I looked up one time and said we have to put some distance between us and secure this win. We played like this was a playoff game."
FEVER 79, SILVER STARS 60: At San Antonio, Tamika Catchings scored 20 points and Natalie Williams added 17 to lead Indiana. Kelly Miller scored 14 points for the Fever, who snapped a two-game losing streak.
With Catchings leading the way with nine rebounds, Indiana outrebounded San Antonio 36-17. The Silver Stars' rebound total was a franchise record low. LaToya Thomas scored 14 points and Marie Ferdinand added 13 for the Silver Stars, who had their two-game winning streak snapped.
MERCURY 73, COMETS 63: At Phoenix, Penny Taylor, Anna DeForge and reserve Shereka Wright scored 16 points apiece and Phoenix set a franchise record with 11 3-pointers against Houston. The Mercury (3-1), who had the worst record in the WNBA last year and profited by drafting Diana Taurasi No. 1, moved into first in the Western Conference with their third straight win.
Taurasi had 13 points, six assists and five rebounds.
Tina Thompson had 19 points and Kedra Holland-Corn 15 for the Comets.
The Mercury made a WNBA season-high 11-of-20 3-pointers.
SPARKS 73, STORM 70: At Los Angeles, Lisa Leslie had 16 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots, and Mwadi Mabika added 19 points to lead Los Angeles. Lauren Jackson scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Storm, who lost for the second consecutive game. Leslie almost dunked for the second time in her WNBA career with 1:39 to play in the first half after she made a steal, but the ball hit the heel of the rim. Leslie became the first WNBA player to dunk in a game in 2002 against the now-defunct Miami Sol.