The Washington Post

Liberty Spots Sun 17 Points Then Rallies for Road Win

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Shameka Christon scored 22 points as the New York Liberty overcame a 17-point deficit last night and beat the host Connecticu­t Sun, 76-73.

Ashley Battle added 18 points to help the Liberty (7-4) win for the second time in its last six games.

Katie Douglas and Nykesha Sales scored 17 points apiece and Asjha Jones added 14 for Connecticu­t (4-7), which lost its fifth straight.

Sales hit two free throws to give the Sun its final lead at 71-70 with 4 minutes 20 seconds remaining. Christon, who scored nine points in the fourth quarter, made a layup just more than a minute later to give New York the lead for good and then hit a jumper with 2:01 left.

Lindsay Whalen’s layup with 11 seconds remaining pulled the Sun within a point, but Battle made two free throws to push New York’s lead back to three. Douglas missed two free throws with three seconds left, and the Liberty’s Loree Moore grabbed the rebound.

The Sun opened the game with a 17-0 run as the Liberty missed its first seven shots. Connecticu­t capitalize­d on New York’s mistakes, scoring nine points off four turnovers in the opening minutes.

SILVER STARS 80, LYNX 73: In San Antonio, Sophia Young scored a career-high 24 points and Becky Hammon added 18 to help the Silver Stars beat Minnesota.

Young was 11 for 16 for her second straight 20-point game for San Antonio (6-4). Erin Buescher had 13 points and Vickie Johnson 10.

Seimone Augustus scored 27 points to lead the Lynx (3-10), which committed 19 turnovers.

The Silver Stars led by 11 points with 2:44 remaining in the first quarter and increased the lead to 22. San Antonio main- tained a double-digit margin until Nicole Ohlde hit a turnaround jumper and foul shot for the Lynx that made it 62-54 with eight minutes left in the game.

Silver Stars Coach Dan Hughes missed his second straight game while he recovers from Achilles’ tendon surgery performed Thursday. He’s not expected to travel with the team for games at New York tomorrow and Connecticu­t on Saturday.

COMETS 74, SPARKS 64: In Houston, Michelle Snow had 21 points and Tina Thompson added 20 to lead the Comets to their first win of the season.

Snow also had nine rebounds for Houston (1-10), which never trailed in the game and avenged a 74-71 loss on June 13 in Los Angeles. The victory also ended the franchise’s first 10-game losing streak. Houston did not lose more than four games in a row during the league’s first 10 years.

Marta Fernandez scored 17 points for the Sparks (5-5), who have lost three straight since a three-game winning streak.

 ?? BY ROY DABNER — ASSOCIATED PRESS ?? Mystics center Nakia Sanford drives past Phoenix’s Penny Taylor during last night’s game, which ended too late for this edition.
BY ROY DABNER — ASSOCIATED PRESS Mystics center Nakia Sanford drives past Phoenix’s Penny Taylor during last night’s game, which ended too late for this edition.

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