January 12, 1998 in Sports

Injured All-Star Watches As Reign Win Streak Ends

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Reserve Niesa Johnson scored 11 of her season-high 21 points in the second quarter as the Long Beach StingRays beat the Seattle Reign 82-66 Sunday in Seattle.

Seattle had its three-game win streak snapped. The Reign were led by the 16 points and 11 rebounds of Val Whiting, who tallied her 10th career double-double.

Kate Starbird scored 15 points and Kate Paye added 12 for Seattle, which played without All-Star Shalonda Enis. Enis is out indefinitely after hyperextending her right knee in practice Friday.

“We were all very scared when Shalonda went down,” Starbird said. “We felt like we could live without her, but she did score about 40 against Long Beach the last time we played them.”

StingRays 82, Reign 66 Seattle

Long Beach (82) - Davis-Wrightsill 5-10 2-3 12, Griffith 8-12 0-0 22, Lacy 4-6 0-0 11, Williams 3-3 0-0 6, Nagy 0-5 0-2 4, Stafford 0-2 0-0 0, Wilkerson 2-2 0-0 4, Johnson 7-13 2-4 21, Bauer 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 30-55 4-9 82.

Seattle (66) - Aycock 2-4 0-0 4, Ndiaye 1-4 0-1 2, Whiting 6-15 4-8 16, Paye 4-10 2-2 12, Starbird 6-12 2-2 15, Hedgpeth 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 2-3 5-8 9, Holmes 2-8 2-2 6, Godby 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 24-59 15-23 66.

Long Beach 17 25 22 18 - 82

Seattle 18 9 21 18 - 66

3-Point goals-Long Beach 4-9 (Davis-Wrightsill 2-3, Johnson 2-4, Nagy 0-2), Seattle 3-14 (Paye 2-8, Starbird 1-3, Holmes 0-1, Aycock 0-2). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Long Beach 35 (Griffith 9), Seattle 32 (Whiting 11). Assists-Long Beach 13 (Johnson 6), Seattle 15 (Starbird 5). Total fouls-Long Beach 18, Seattle 20. A-3,615.

Glory 86, Power 72 Atlanta

Stacey Lovelace scored a season-high 26 points as Atlanta ended a six-game losing streak with a victory over Portland.

Cathy Boswell added 18 points for Atlanta, which won for just the second time in 11 games. Player-coach Teresa Edwards had 11 points and 10 assists.

Portland’s Natalie Williams scored a season-high 33 points and had 10 rebounds.

Portland (72) - Steding 3-7 2-2 9, Harrison 2-8 0-0 4, Williams 12-22 9-16 33, Powell 3-13 4-7 10, Wright 0-0 0-0 0, Frost 0-0 0-0 0, Milton 6-11 2-2 14, Goodenbour 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 0-4 0-0 0, Ford 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 27-66 17-27 72.

Atlanta (86) - Lovelace 9-13 8-9 26, Boswell 7-8 3-4 18, Freeman 0-2 0-0 0, Edwards 3-10 3-3 11, Roundtree 3-13 0-0 8, McCrimmon 1-2 0-0 2, Cherubini 1-1 0-0 3, Conklin 2-2 0-0 5, Simpson 4-5 5-10 13. Totals 30-56 19-26 86.

Portland 12 16 25 19 - 72

Atlanta 19 28 27 22 - 86

3-Point goals-Portland 1-12 (Steding 1-4, Harrison 0-2, Powell 0-3, Smith 0-3), Atlanta 7-16 (Edwards 2-6, Roundtree 2-7, Cherubini 1-1, Boswell 1-1, Conklin 1-1). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Portland 39 (Williams 10), Atlanta 35 (Edwards 9). Assists-Portland 10 (Powell 4), Atlanta 18 (Edwards 10). Total fouls-Portland 19, Atlanta 22. A-3,601.

Blizzard 74, Lasers 70 (OT)

San Jose, Calif.

Dale Hodges scored six of her game-high 23 points in overtime as New England beat San Jose.

Carolyn Jones added 17 points and Jennifer Rizzotti had 12 as New England snapped San Jose’s eight-game home winning streak. Hodges also had 13 rebounds and five steals for the Blizzard, who made all 14 free throw attempts.

Sheri Sam led San Jose with 16 points and 14 rebounds.

New England (74) - Hodges 7-11 9-9 23, Deden 3-6 0-0 6, Berry 0-4 0-0 0, Jones 5-14 6-8 17, Rizzotti 4-9 2-3 12, Tate 1-4 3-4 5, Roland 0-3 0-0 0, Hill 1-3 0-0 2, Berube 0-0 0-1 0, Wolters 2-7 4-9 9. Totals 23-61 24-34 74.

San Jose (70) - Smith 2-4 4-4 8, Sam 8-17 0-0 16, Machanguana 7-13 0-3 14, Azzi 4-12 1-1 10, Holland-Corn 0-8 1-2 1, Kaplan 2-3 0-0 4, Sandie 6-12 0-0 15, Gaither 1-2 0-0 2, Henning 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 30-74 6-10 70.

New England 8 22 7 21 16 - 74

San Jose 14 15 15 14 12 - 70

3-Point goals-New England 4-11 (Rizzotti 2-6, Wolter 1-1, Jones 1-4). ), San Jose 4-17 (Sandie 3-5, Azzi 1-2, Henning 0-2, Sam 0-4, Holland-Corn 0-4). Fouled out-Azzi. Rebounds- New England 49 (Hodges 13), San Jose 43 (Sam 14). Assists- New England 8 (Tate 3), San Jose 21 (Azzi, Holland-Corn 5). Total fouls-New England 16, San Jose 31. Technicals-Sam. A-4,228.

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