June 24, 1997 in Sports

Palmer Powers Starzz’s Victory

Associated Press
 

WNBA

Wendy Palmer scored 28 points, 18 of them in the first half, as the Utah Starzz overcame a 17-point first-half deficit to beat the Los Angeles Sparks 102-89 Monday night in Salt Lake City.

Deborah Carter and Elena Baranova added 16 points each for the Starzz, and reserves Kim Williams and Dena Head each had 13 points.

Lisa Leslie led Los Angeles with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Starzz 102, Sparks 89

LOS ANGELES (89) - Dixon 3-10 2-2 9, Haixia 5-7 4-4 14, Leslie 9-17 1-2 22, Toler 4-10 3-3 11, Wideman 2-5 3-3 7, Burgess 3-6 3-4 9, Colleton 1-3 0-0 2, Mabika 4-7 2-6 11, Charles 2-4 0-0 4, Gant 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 33-70 18-24 89.

UTAH (102) - Carter 5-7 6-6 16, Palmer 7-17 12-18 28, Baranova 7-15 2-4 16, Hardmon 1-4 0-0 2, Reiss 2-9 0-0 5, Hicks 1-1 1-2 3, Williams 0-5 13-15 13, Head 3-6 6-6 13, Booker 2-4 2-5 6. Totals 28-68 42-56 102.

Halftime-Utah 50, Los Angeles 49. 3-Point goals-Los Angeles 5-16 (Leslie 3-7, Dixon 1-3, Mabika 1-3, Toler 0-1, Colleton 0-2), Utah 4-12 (Palmer 2-3, Head 1-1, Reiss 1-5, Baranova 0-1, Hardmon 0-1, Williams 0-1). Fouled out-Toler. Rebounds-Los Angeles 46 (Leslie 10), Utah 51 (Baranova 10). Assists-Los Angeles 19 (Wideman 7), Utah 20 (Baranova, Reiss 5). Total fouls-Los Angeles 36, Utah 24. A-8,036.

Liberty 73, Monarchs 62 Sacramento, Calif.

Sophia Witherspoon scored 15 points and Kym Hampton added 13 as New York won with the benefit of 25 turnovers and 35 percent shooting by Sacramento, which was playing its home opener.

Ruthi Bolton-Holifield scored 27 points for Sacramento. Her family sang the national anthem for the enthusiastic fans, significant because the 1996 Olympian has 19 brothers and sisters.

NEW YORK (73) - Lobo 4-12 2-2 12, Johnson 4-9 1-2 10, Hampton 6-9 1-2 13, Witherspoon 6-11 1-1 15, Weatherspoon 1-2 3-4 5, Trice 2-3 1-2 5, Ford 1-3 3-5 5, Wicks 2-4 1-1 5, Blades 1-2 0-0 3, Perazic-Gipa 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-56 13-19 73.

SACRAMENTO (62) - Gordon 2-5 3-3 7, Mosley-McAfee 1-3 0-0 2, McGee 1-3 3-4 5, Bolton-Holifiel 9-23 3-3 27, Tremitiere 1-5 3-4 5, Yasen 3-4 0-0 6, Abraham 2-7 1-2 5, Hagiwara 0-4 1-2 1, Byears 2-5 0-0 4, Graves 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 21-61 14-18 62.

Halftime-New York 39, Sacramento 24. 3-Point goals-New York 6-11 (Lobo 2-3, Witherspoon 2-3, Johnson 1-2, Blades 1-2, Ford 0-1), Sacramento 6-16 (Bolton-Holifiel 6-12, Tremitiere 0-1, Hagiwara 0-3). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-New York 40 (Lobo 9), Sacramento 39 (Bolton-Holifiel 12). Assists-New York 17 (Johnson 5), Sacramento 11 (Tremitiere 4). Total fouls-New York 15, Sacramento 21. A-15,259.

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