Sting 73


Shock 67

(14-7, 7-2 home)

    12:00 PM ET, July 19, 2006

    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHA 16 17 16 2473
    TUL 14 14 20 1967

    Top Performers

    Charlotte: T. Sutton-Brown 11 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

    Tulsa: P. Pierson 19 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    Sting win in Detroit for first time since 2003

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- The Charlotte Sting don't exactly know what happened to them during the All-Star break.

    They just hope it keeps happening.

    After going into the break with a 3-16 record, the Sting have won three straight, including a 73-67 victory over red-hot Detroit Wednesday.

    "We're just playing basketball," said Sheri Sam, who had 15 points. "I think we're finally just playing."

    Charlotte's victory was only its second in 11 road games this year.

    "We were playing 30 good minutes and 10 minutes where we didn't play well, and that was costing us ball games," said Sting coach Muggsy Bogues. "Now we're putting it together

    The Shock had won 10 of 12 entering the game, but couldn't stop the Sting down the stretch. Detroit either tied the game or took a one-point lead eight times in the second half, but Charlotte responded with a basket every time.

    "We could not get a stop when we needed one," Detroit coach Bill Laimbeer said. "However, it was our offense that put us in the position, and we should have never been there. "We didn't move the ball like a team that wants to play high-level basketball."

    Charlotte, which hadn't won in Detroit since July 3, 2003, got 15 points from Tangela Smith, while Monique Currie added 14 points and Tammy Sutton-Brown had 11 points and a season-high 12 rebounds.

    Reserve Plenette Pierson led the Shock (14-7) with a season-high 19 points, but only two starters reached double figures.

    "I thought we played pretty well, but we just could not make a shot," said Deanna Nolan, who scored nine before fouling out. "They made shots, and you just have to live with that sometimes."

    Detroit shot 30 percent in the first half and fell behind 33-28 at the break.

    Pierson, who led the Shock with eight points in the first half, had seven in the third quarter. Her two free throws pulled Detroit within 49-48 heading into the fourth quarter.

    Charlotte took a 59-54 lead with 5:30 to play, and the Shock could get no closer.

    "We're finally starting to close games out," Bogues said.

    Detroit's Ruth Riley left the game in the final minute with a hyperextended right elbow.

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    Team Stat Comparison

      Charlotte Tulsa
    Points 73 67
    FG Made-Attempted 25-53 (.000) 24-65 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-15 (.533) 1-11 (.091)
    FT Made-Attempted 15-24 (.000) 18-23 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-31 9-29
    Assists 13 15
    Turnovers 15 10
    Steals 9 6
    Blocks 4 2
    Fast Break Points 0 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 23 (0/0)