Stars 57

(3-7, 1-3 away)

Sting 59


    7:00 PM ET, June 15, 2004

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 27 30 57
    CHA 33 26 59

    Top Performers

    San Antonio: L. Thomas 19 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    Charlotte: T. Sutton-Brown 17 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Blk

    Sutton-Brown gives Sting zing

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- With time running out, Tynesha Lewis took advice from her teammates.

    After Charlotte's set play broke down, Lewis took the ball to the basket for a driving layup at the buzzer that gave the Sting a 59-57 victory over the San Antonio Silver Stars on Tuesday night.

    "The play wasn't for me," said Lewis, who scored just four points. "Before the play, [Dawn Staley] said, 'When in doubt, take it to the basket.' Well, I was in doubt, so I went to the basket.

    "I didn't know if I could make it all the way to the basket, but it parted like the Red Sea so I had a layup."

    Tammy Sutton-Brown had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Charlotte Smith-Taylor added 10 points for the Sting (4-5), who have won two straight after a four-game losing streak.

    "Tynesha told me when we were out West, we need a break," Sting coach Trudi Lacey said. "I told her we need to make our breaks. She gave us that break tonight."

    LaToya Thomas had 19 points and seven rebounds, including a tying putback with 9.1 seconds left for the Silver Stars (3-7), who have lost six in a row. Thomas scored eight of the Silver Stars' final 12 points as they fought back from a 10-point deficit in the second half.

    "We're going to stay positive," Thomas said. "I was in a groove at the end, and we executed. Then [Lewis] made a great shot. We were playing good defense, but she just snuck in there and made the shot."

    The Sting scored the first four points after halftime to take their largest lead at 37-27.

    The teams combined to miss 23 of their first 29 shots, a fitting display for the two lowest-scoring clubs in the WNBA. San Antonio shot just 35 percent for the game.

    Staley's 3-pointer started a 9-2 run that put Charlotte ahead 30-21. Marie Ferdinand's two free throws made it 33-27 at halftime.

    The game matched the two U.S. Olympic point guards -- Staley and San Antonio's Shannon Johnson. Staley had six points and six assists, and Johnson had five points and three assists.

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    Team Stat Comparison

      San Antonio Charlotte
    Points 57 59
    FG Made-Attempted 21-60 (.000) 22-49 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 0-2 (.000) 5-10 (.500)
    FT Made-Attempted 15-18 (.000) 10-14 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-31 7-26
    Assists 15 13
    Turnovers 9 13
    Steals 7 3
    Blocks 1 6
    Fast Break Points 1 1
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (0/0) 23 (0/0)