Holdsclaw lifts Mystics past Fever
Washington Chamique Holdsclaw had a career-high 30 points, nine rebounds and eight steals Thursday as the Washington Mystics rallied to beat the Indiana Fever, 85-74.
Washington closed the game with a 15-2 run to get the victory before an announced sellout attendance of 19,093 the league's largest crowd this season.
Holdsclaw shot 12-for-18 from the field and helped the Mystics defense get a total of 16 steals and force 22 turnovers.
One day after interim coach Darrell Walker told Holdsclaw to get more involved in the offense, she scored the team's first nine points. Holdsclaw hit her first four shots and controlled the ball in the final minutes while the Mystics were rallying.
Washington (10-12) scored 28 points off the turnovers. The Mystics stepped up their pressure defense in the second half and appeared to wear down Indiana (5-16). The Fever had just one field goal in the final 6:18, and went scoreless for the final 3:11.
Comets 74, Rockers 56
Cleveland Sheryl Swoopes had 19 points and 10 rebounds and All-Star Game MVP Tina Thompson added 17 points and 12 rebounds Thursday, as Houston beat Cleveland.
Swoopes scored nine points during a 17-4 run early in the second half that turned a 37-32 deficit into a 49-41 lead for the Comets (20-3).
Thompson had 13 points and 11 rebounds Monday night to lead the Western Conference to a 73-61 triumph in the All-Star Game in Phoenix.
Chasity Melvin had 15 points and nine rebounds to lead Cleveland (12-9), which had its four-game winning streak snapped.
Monarchs 73, Lynx 56
Sacramento, Calif. Ruthie Bolton-Holifield scored 19 of her 23 points in the second half as Sacramento beat Minnesota. Bolton-Holifield made five three-pointers in the second half to help the Monarchs (14-9) snap a three-game losing streak.
Katie Smith scored 23 points for the Lynx, who have lost a franchise-record seven straight games to drop to 10-12.
Yolanda Griffith had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Sacramento, and Tangela Smith added 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Sacramento used a 15-2 run to take a 48-32 lead with 15:45 remaining. Smith made three straight 3-pointers, pulling the Lynx to within eight at 64-56 with 3:26 left, but Bolton-Holifield responded with consecutive 3-pointers to make it 70-56.
Betty Lennox added 10 points and nine rebounds for Minnesota and Maylana Martin scored 10 points.