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
"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 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.