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Archive for Wednesday, July 11, 2001

Smith sparks Lynx past Fire

Minnesota player erupts for 28 points in 73-52 victory over Portland

July 11, 2001

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— Katie Smith scored 28 points as the Minnesota Lynx snapped a five-game losing streak with a 73-52 victory over the Portland Fire on Tuesday night.

Smith, who scored a WNBA-record 46 points in an overtime loss to Los Angeles on Sunday, scored just five points in the first half.

In the second half, Smith, the league's leading scorer, hit three consecutive 3-pointers in a 16-4 run that turned a 35-all tie into a 51-39 Lynx lead.

Minnesota (6-10) led by as many as 22 points and finished with their largest margin of victory this season.

Svetlana Abrosimova added 18 points as the Lynx won for just the third time in nine games at Target Center.

Sylvia Crawley led Portland (9-8) with 15 points. Jackie Stiles was held to five points, the second-lowest total of her pro career.

The Fire, who managed a season-low 52 points, have lost four of their last five games.

Portland scored six straight points at the start of the game and led most of the first half.

Minnesota's Maylana Martin hit a 17-foot jumper at the first-half buzzer, giving the Lynx a 33-31 lead at the break.

Sparks 79, Starzz 67

Salt Lake City Mwadi Mabika scored 17 of her 19 points in the second half as Los Angeles extended its winning streak to six games with a victory over Utah. Lisa Leslie had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Sparks, who had lost three of their last four road games.

Monarchs 78,

Comets 76, 2OT

Sacramento, Calif. Yolanda Griffith had 29 points and 15 rebounds, and Lady Hardmon scored her only points on a driving layup with 16.3 seconds left in the second overtime as the Sacramento Monarchs beat the Houston Comets. Hardmon drove the lane and got a shot off in traffic, leading Sacramento to its sixth victory in seven games.

Sol 65, Miracle 63, OT

Orlando, Fla. Sheri Sam tied her own franchise record with 26 points, and Sandy Brondello hit a jumper with 1.1 seconds left in overtime as Miami beat Orlando.

Rockers 59, Storm 53

Cleveland Helen Darling scored all seven of her points in the final three minutes as Cleveland beat Seattle, extending its home winning streak to 12 games. The Rockers, 8-0 at home this season, have not lost at Gund Arena since July 20, 2000. Rushia Brown scored 18 points for Cleveland, which moved into a tie for first place in the Eastern Conference.

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