Andrea Stinson scored 21 points to lead the Charlotte Sting to a 55-53 victory over the Cleveland Rockers on Friday night.
Merlakia Jones scored 15 points to lead Cleveland, including a three-pointer with 17.8 seconds left that pulled the Rockers within 54-53. The Sting had a chance to put the game away at the foul line in the final minute, but Dawn Staley, a 92-percent shooter from the line this season, missed two free throws with 32 seconds left.
Starzz 69 Mercury 57
Salt Lake City Adrienne Goodson scored 15 points as the Utah Starzz beat Phoenix 69-57 Friday night, extending the Mercury'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.
The Starzz (18-12) move into third place in the Western Conference, a half-game behind the second-place Houston Comets (18-11). Utah secured its first-ever playoff berth while Phoenix will miss the postseason for the second time in franchise history.
Utah held a 33-27 lead at the half, despite committing 12 turnovers. The Starzz then opened the second half with a 25-13 run, and took their largest lead, 58-40, with 6:49 remaining. Goodson scored nine points in the surge.
Liberty 77, Miracle 67
New York Vickie Johnson scored 17 points and Crystal Robinson added 16. Tari Phillips added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Liberty, who trailed 42-31 at halftime.
Teresa Weatherspoon had eight points and seven assists. Nykesha Sales had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Miracle.
Sol 72, Fever 67, OT
Miami Sheri Sam scored seven of her 21 points in overtime as the Miami Sol clinched at least the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Elena Baranova added 21 points.
Shock 69, Mystics 63
Auburn Hills, Mich. Elena Tornikidou scored 19 points to extend the Mystics' losing streak to four games. Jae Kingi added 16 points and five assists as Detroit snapped a two-game losing streak.
Lynx 65, Storm 51
Seattle Former Kansas player Lynn Pride scored 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting as Minnesota won.