Sparks top Mystics, take eighth straight

Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2001

WASHINGTON -- Lisa Leslie and DeLisha Milton combined for 31 points Saturday as the Los Angeles Sparks extended their winning streak to eight with a 62-50 victory over the Washington Mystics.

Leslie had her 10th double-double of the season with 18 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks. Milton had 13 points and eight boards, and Latasha Byears added 10 rebounds for the Sparks (17-3).

Helen Luz scored 14 points for the Mystics (5-13). Washington has lost four straight.

Starzz 69, Monarchs 57

SALT LAKE CITY -- Jennifer Azzi had 17 points and eight assists as Utah beat Sacramento to snap a two-game losing streak.

Margo Dydek had 10 points and 14 rebounds, and Natalie Williams added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Starzz (8-10). Yolanda Griffith led Sacramento (12-8) with 18 points and nine rebounds.

Sting 71, Fever 58

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Allison Feaster scored 17 points and made four 3-pointers to tie Charlotte's single-season record while leading the Sting past Indiana.

Feaster made 4-of-7 3-pointers to give her 38 on the season, tying the club mark set last year by Andrea Stinson.

Stinson added 14 points and Clarisse Machanguana scored 13 for the Sting (8-11), who won seven of eight to close the first half of the season.

Dawn Staley had nine assists and just four points -- all free throws. But they were enough to give her 2,002 points for her career.

Nadine Malcolm had 17 points for Indiana (6-13).

Sol 66, Shock 51

MIAMI -- Sandy Brondello scored 14 points as Miami beat Detroit for the second straight day and extended its winning streak to four games.

The Sol (10-9) built their lead to 20 points in the final minutes and finished with their largest margin of victory this season.

Miami shot 62.5 percent in the second half and 51.9 percent for the game. Detroit shot 28.6 percent and finished with the fewest points by a Sol opponent this season.

Deanna Nolan led Detroit (5-13) with 10 points.

Mercury 80, Lynx 67

MINNEAPOLIS -- Maria Stepanova matched her career high with 19 points as Phoenix beat Minnesota and snapped a two-game losing streak..

Trisha Fallon scored 14 points for the Mercury (7-12). Michele Timms and Jennifer Gillom each added 13 points, and Lisa Harrison scored 12.

Katie Smith, the WNBA's leading scorer, led Minnesota with 27 points. Svetlana Abrosimova added 18 points and Erin Buescher scored 10 as the Lynx lost for the seventh time in eight games and dropped into last place in the Western Conference at 6-12.

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