CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- The Charlotte Sting host
the Los Angeles Sparks in their home opener on Tuesday.The Sting try to start 2006 on a positive note at Charlotte
Bobcats Arena following a 83-82 loss to Chicago on Friday.
Sheri Sam scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed six
rebounds.LaToya Bond added 15 points and Tangela Smith had 14 and seven
boards for Charlotte, which committed 27 turnovers.The Sparks look to rebound after a 90-67 drubbing to Seattle on
Sunday. Lisa Leslie scored 24 points before fouling out and
Mwadi Mabika added 19 for Los Angeles, which shot just 34
percent (21-of-62) overall in the first stop of its six-game
road trip.Chamique Holdsclaw missed the game due to family issues and
her return date is unknown.The Sting have won three straight at home against the Sparks.