August 19, 2001 |
The exasperated look on Charlotte guard Dawn Staley's face said it all. So did the ice packs on her knees. The Cleveland Rockers used the best defense in WNBA history to block, bump and bruise their way past the Sting, 69-51, on Saturday, forcing a deciding Game 3 in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Rockers, who held opponents to a league-record 55.9 points per game during the regular season, scored 24 points off turnovers and limited the Sting to 38% shooting from the field (18 of 47).
July 25, 2001
Marie Ferdinand scored 16 points to lead the Utah Starzz to a 76-67 victory Tuesday night over the Houston Comets before 12,177 at Houston. Natalie Williams scored 15 points, and Adrienne Goodson added 13 for the Starzz, who have won five of eight. Utah is tied with Portland for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Starzz (10-11) won for the first time in Houston and defeated the Comets for only the second time in the series, dating to 1997.
August 20, 2006 |
Yolanda Griffith scored 17 points, Rebekkah Brunson had 14 and the Sacramento Monarchs advanced to the WNBA Western Conference finals with a 92-64 victory over the Houston Comets on Saturday at Sacramento. Ticha Penicheiro had seven assists and made two three-point baskets for the defending WNBA champion Monarchs, who won Game 1 of the best-of-three series in Houston before rolling into the conference finals for the fourth season in a row.
June 27, 2004 |
Agnieszka Bibrzycka made a three-pointer early in overtime to give San Antonio a five-point lead en route to an 80-72 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Saturday night in Phoenix. LaToya Thomas had 14 points and Shannon Johnson 13 points and 10 assists for the Silver Stars (5-9). Penny Taylor had 25 points for Phoenix (6-6), and Diana Taurasi added 17. New York 67, Seattle 62 -- Becky Hammon scored 15 points in Spokane, Wash., to help the Liberty end a franchise-record six-game losing streak.
August 29, 2003 |
Taj McWilliams-Franklin scored 20 points, including the game-winning layup with 2.3 seconds left, to lead the Connecticut Sun to a 68-66 victory over the Charlotte Sting in Game 1 of their best-of-three WNBA Eastern Conference playoff series. McWilliams-Franklin scored eight points in Connecticut's closing 10-2 run over the final five minutes. She made a three-pointer and was fouled by Dawn Staley with 1:45 left and converted the four-point play to pull Connecticut within 66-64.
August 25, 2003 |
The Charlotte Sting clinched the No. 2 seeding in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 61-59 overtime victory over the New York Liberty before 9,722 Sunday. The win eliminated the defending Eastern champion Liberty from the playoffs, the first time since 1998 that New York (16-18) has not reached WNBA postseason play. After Dawn Staley made one of two free throws for a 61-59 lead with 10 seconds left, New York had a final chance.
June 1, 2003 |
The Charlotte Sting nearly blew a 15-point lead in the final 4 1/2 minutes, but Andrea Stinson's two free throws with 1.5 seconds remaining helped secure a 70-67 victory over the Detroit Shock on Saturday night in front of 8,435 at Auburn Hills, Mich. Teana McKiver scored 15 points and fellow reserve Kelly Miller added 12 for the Sting. Charlotte's reserves outscored Detroit's, 35-2. The Shock was playing its season opener. The Sting (2-1) led, 64-59, with 4:30 left before the Shock rallied.