Darling paces Rockers to win

Posted: Monday, July 09, 2001

HOUSTON -- Helen Darling scored a career-high 18 points as the Cleveland Rockers beat Houston 63-53 in WNBA action on Sunday to end the Comets' seven-game home winning streak.

Darling was 6-of-8 from the floor, including 3-for-4 from 3-point range, for Cleveland, which remained in a tie for first place in the Eastern Conference.

Miracle 73, Shock 67

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Taj McWilliams-Franklin scored all of her 19 points in the second half, and had 10 rebounds as Orlando beat Detroit in a matchup of the league's two worst teams.

Liberty 58, Fever 56

INDIANAPOLIS -- Tari Phillips hit two free throws with four seconds remaining and finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead New York past Indiana.

Phillips shot 11-of-15 from the field and snapped a 56-all tie by converting her only free throw attempts.

Sparks 100, Lynx 95, OT

LOS ANGELES -- Minnesota's Katie Smith scored a WNBA-record 46 points, but Lisa Leslie scored 32 points to lead Los Angeles to its fifth straight victory.

Starzz 65, Fire 63

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Marie Ferdinand scored four of her 13 points in the final minute as Utah rallied past Portland.

Ferdinand hit a jumper with 31.8 seconds left and added a layup with four seconds remaining for the Starzz (7-8). Natalie Williams had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Margo Dydek added 14 points and nine rebounds for Utah.

Jackie Stiles scored 18 points and Sylvia Crawley added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Fire (9-7).

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