Charlotte extends streak with win over Cleveland


CLEVELAND, AP

Andrea Stinson scored 21 points to lead the Charlotte Sting to a 55-53 victory over the Cleveland Rockers on Friday night. Ann Wauters and Chasity Melvin each scored 12 points for Charlotte. Wauters added 10 rebounds. The Sting (16-14), who opened the season 1-10, extended their winning streak to five games. Merlakia Jones scored 15 points to lead Cleveland (22-8), which finished 14-2 at home this season. The Rockers, the No. 1 seed in the East, will have home-court advantage throughout the conference playoffs.

Shock 69, Mystics 63 In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Elena Tornikidou scored 21 points as Detroit extended Washington’s losing streak to four games. Jae Kingi added 16 points and five assists as Detroit (9-21) snapped a two-game losing streak. Edwina Brown scored 12 points for the Shock. Sol 72, Fever 67, OT In Miami, Sheri Sam scored seven of her 21 points in overtime as Miami clinched at least the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference with a victory over Indiana. Elena Baranova added 21 points as Miami (19-11) won its fourth straight overall and eighth straight at home.

Liberty 77, Miracle 67 In New York, Vickie Johnson scored 17 points and Crystal Robinson added 16 as New York beat Orlando. Tari Phillips had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Liberty. Teresa Weatherspoon added eight points and seven assists as the Liberty maintained their one-game lead over Miami in the race for second place in the Eastern Conference. Starzz 69 Mercury 57 In Salt Lake City, Adrienne Goodson scored 15 points as Utah extended Phoenix’s losing streak to a franchise record seven games. Natalie Williams had 12 rebounds and 10 points, and Margo Dydek added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Starzz, who won for the ninth time in 10 games. Lynx 65, Storm 51 In Seattle, Katie Smith scored 22 points and broke the WNBA’s single-season scoring record in Minnesota’s victory over Seattle. Smith, who averages a league-best 23.2 points, has scored 697 points in 30 games. She moved past the previous record of 686, set by Houston’s Cynthia Cooper in 1999. Smith broke Cooper’s record with 907 remaining in the first half.