August 6, 1997 in Sports

Cooper, Comets End Rockers’ Win Streak

Associated Press
 

WNBA

Cynthia Cooper, the leading scorer in the WNBA, had 30 points Tuesday night as the Houston Comets snapped Cleveland’s eight-game winning streak with a 76-66 victory over the homestanding Rockers.

Cooper was 8 of 13 from the field, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range, and made all but one of 11 free throws. She also had a team-high six assists, four rebounds and three steals.

Cooper, who entered the game with a 21.3 scoring average, is the only player in the league averaging more than 20 points per game.

Janeth Arcain had 14 points for Houston (12-7). Tina Thompson had 12.

Michelle Edwards led the Rockers (11-9) with 17 points and seven assists. Janice Braxton had 14 points and six rebounds.

Cooper, who has scored 30 or more points five times this season, had 20 points in the second half.

Comets 76, Rockers 66 i At Cleveland

HOUSTON (76) - Arcain 4-8 6-6 14, Thompson 4-7 3-5 12, Guyton 1-6 0-0 2, Perrot 3-6 0-0 8, Cooper 8-13 10-11 30, Harris 0-4 2-2 2, Jackson 3-5 2-6 8, Woosley 0-1 0-0 0, Moore 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-51 23-30 76.

CLEVELAND (66) - Nemcova 5-9 1-1 12, Braxton 4-8 6-6 14, Fijalkowski 1-4 3-3 5, Edwards 7-14 3-4 17, Woodard 1-5 0-0 2, Brown 1-2 7-10 9, Jones 2-7 2-4 7. Totals 21-49 22-28 66.

Halftime-Cleveland 32, Houston 31. 3-Point goals-Houston 7-16 (Cooper 4-6, Perrot 2-5, Thompson 1-4, Arcain 0-1), Cleveland 2-5 (Jones 1-1, Nemcova 1-3, Woodard 0-1). Fouled out- Fijalkowski. Rebounds-Houston 40 (Arcain 8), Cleveland 29 (Braxton 6). Assists-Houston 13 (Cooper 6), Cleveland 15 (Edwards 7). Total fouls-Houston 23, Cleveland 23. Technical- Houston coach Van Chancellor.A-6,678.

Sparks 67, Liberty 50 At New York

Tamecka Dixon scored 16 points - 12 in the second half - to lead Los Angeles to an upset victory.

Dixon scored 10 of the Sparks’ first 14 points in the second half to give Los Angeles a 48-35 lead.

New York entered the game with the league’s best record at 15-4, including an 8-2 home mark.

Penny Toler had 16 points and Lisa Leslie finished with a game-high 14 rebounds for Los Angeles.

Sparks 67, Liberty 50 At New York

LOS ANGELES (67) - Colleton 3-7 2-2 8, Zheng 3-7 0-0 6, Leslie 3-8 4-5 10, Toler 5-10 6-6 16, Dixon 7-14 2-2 16, Burge 1-4 0-2 2, Wideman 1-4 0-0 2, Burgess 2-2 1-2 5, Charles 0-3 2-2 2. Totals 25-59 17-21 67.

NEW YORK (50) - Lobo 2-14 0-2 4, Johnson 4-10 0-0 8, Hampton 4-10 4-6 12, Weatherspoon 2-5 0-0 4, Witherspoon 5-17 0-3 12, Ford 0-0 1-2 1, Trice 0-1 0-0 0, Blades 2-6 0-0 5, Wicks 2-7 0-0 4. Totals 21-70 5-13 50.

Halftime-Los Angeles 34, New York 27. 3-Point goals-Los Angeles 0-1 (Colleton 0-1), New York 3-12 (Witherspoon 2-5, Blades 1-3, Lobo 0-4). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Los Angeles 47 (Leslie 14), New York 48 (Lobo 10). Assists-Los Angeles 6 (Toler 3), New York 14 (Johnson, Weatherspoon 3). Total fouls- Los Angeles 18, New York 22. A-16,944.

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