- The Washington Times - Monday, June 22, 2009

From combined dispatches

FEVER 82, SHOCK 70: Host Indiana overcame a 17-point deficit in the second half Sunday to deny Rick Mahorn his first win as Detroit coach.

It was Mahorn’s second game in charge since Bill Laimbeer resigned.

Katie Douglas scored 23 points, and Tamika Catchings had 15 points and six assists for the Fever (4-2), who won their fourth straight after losing their first two. Deanna Nolan scored 16 points, and Katie Smith added 15 for the Shock (1-4), who are off to their worst start since 2002.

Detroit led 60-54 at the end of the third quarter, but Douglas and Catchings made back-to-back 3-pointers at the beginning of the fourth quarter to tie the score. Indiana took the lead for good on a 3-pointer by Tamecka Dixon.

SUN 71, SILVER STARS 58: Asjha Jones had 19 points and six rebounds to help Connecticut beat San Antonio in Uncasville, Conn.

Sophia Young scored 22 points for San Antonio (1-3), which was without Becky Hammon, who was playing for Russia at a tournament in Latvia. The Silver Stars also were without Vickie Johnson because of a death in the family and injured Shanna Crossley.

The Sun outrebounded the Silver Stars 38-31.

Erin Phillips scored six of her 11 points in the fourth period for Connecticut (3-3), and rookie center Chante Black had 11 points and eight rebounds before leaving with a sprained elbow in the third quarter.

LIBERTY 93, DREAM 81: Shameka Christon scored 17 points and Janel McCarville had 15 to help New York pull away for a win in Atlanta.

The Liberty (2-3), who began the season with three straight losses, scored 29 points in the third quarter, including two 3-pointers by Christon and one by Cathrine Kraayeveld.

Atlanta had won two straight, but the Dream (3-3) never led after going ahead by four in the first quarter.

Chamique Holds claw led Atlanta with 17 points. Iziane Castro Marques added 14.

The Dream used a strong zone defense to win their previous two games, but they failed to defend the perimeter effectively Sunday; the Liberty went 9-for-18 on 3-point attempts. Christon went 3-for-5 beyond the arc.

STORM 93, MERCURY 84: Lauren Jackson scored 25 points, including a 3-pointer with 1:03 left, as Seattle ended host Phoenix’s three-game winning streak.

Swin Cash added 22 for Seattle, which tied Phoenix for the best record in the Western Conference at 5-2. Sue Bird had 21 points and nine assists for the Storm, who outrebounded the Mercury 37-22 and outscored them inside 42-26.

Diana Taurasi scored 25 points, and Cappie Pondexter added 22 for the Mercury, who were looking to match the franchise’s best start at 6-1 in 1998.

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