6:00 PM ET, June 1, 2003
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Cynthia Cooper missed just one free throw, but it was a big one. The Minnesota Lynx fouled Cooper with 12 seconds left in regulation on Sunday. If the Houston guard made both shots, the Comets would lead by one. Instead, Cooper missed one, and the game went into overtime tied at 61 after a shot by the Lynx's Teresa Edwards was blocked at the buzzer. The Lynx went on to win 68-64. Cooper's miss was the only time the Comets (2-2) failed at the free-throw line, where they were 18-for-19. She finished with 22 points. The Lynx (3-1) never trailed in overtime. With less than a minute to go and Minnesota leading by 2, Sheryl Swoopes picked up a Lynx turnover but missed a layup at the other end. Smith made two free throws to put the Lynx ahead by 4 with 10 seconds left. ``These things happen,'' Houston coach Van Chancellor said of the missed layup. ``Everyone misses a layup now and then.'' But the turnover that preceded it caught Minnesota coach Suzie McConnell Serio's attention. ``I think my mouth dropped wide open, because we talked about taking care of the ball, keeping our passes short, coming to meet our passes and seeing the defense,'' McConnell Serio said. ``I just saw Swoopes in that passing lane, and I said, 'Oh, no.' As soon as it left (Michele Van Gorp's) hand, she knew it. But we found a way to win.'' Sheri Sam scored 14 points, Katie Smith added 12 and Van Gorp added 10 for the Lynx. Swoopes and Mfon Udoka each added 12 for the Comets. ``The difference tonight was rebounding,'' Chancellor said. ``We gave up way too many offensive rebounds. I don't know what went wrong. We've always been a good rebounding team. We're just not into it. All I know is that we have a long way to go.''< ^Notes:@ Houston forward Tina Thompson missed the game after being suspended by the WNBA for one game without pay for flagrantly elbowing Katie Douglas during a loss to Connecticut. ... The win was Minnesota's first against the Comets. ... The Lynx activated guard Georgia Schweitzer from the injured list and placed forward Jordan Adams on the injured list with a lower back strain.