Lynx hang loss on Houston

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
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.