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Comets keep Storm reeling

Associated Press

Sheryl Swoopes scored 21 points, and the Houston Comets beat the Seattle Storm 71-67 Tuesday night in Houston for their third straight victory.

Michelle Snow added 11 points and 11 rebounds for her third double-double of the season, and gave the Comets a 60-59 lead with a layup with 4:58 remaining. They trailed by as many as five points in the second half.

Betty Lennox got the Storm within 64-62 with a long 3-pointer with 2:17 left. But Swoopes and Snow made seven of their eight free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

Seattle has lost three straight and five of eight overall. Houston had lost four in a row before beginning its winning streak.

Reserve Suzy Batkovik scored 16 points for the Storm, and Sue Bird added 13 points and seven rebounds.

Off the court, Storm forward Iziane Castro Marques received a one-game suspension from the league for throwing a punch at Minnesota Lynx forward Svetlana Abrosimova on Sunday.

Sparks 61, Fever 58: At Indianapolis, Chamique Holdsclaw scored 17 points and Tamika Whitmore completed a three-point play with 41 seconds left as Los Angeles beat Indiana.

Whitmore finished with 15 points. Her offensive rebound, layup and free throw ended the scoring. The win wasn’t secured until Indiana’s Tully Bevilaqua’s 3-point attempt from the corner bounced off the rim at the buzzer.

Mystics 66, Sting 61 (OT): At Charlotte, N.C., Chasity Melvin scored seven of her 15 points in overtime and Washington beat Charlotte.

Melvin made consecutive layups and hit two free throws in an 8-1 run to start the extra period, leading the Mystics to their fourth win in five games.

Lynx 63, Silver Stars 53: At Minneapolis, Vanessa Hayden scored 17 points to rally Minnesota to a win over San Antonio.

Rookie Katie Feenstra scored 16 points for the Silver Stars, who fell to 1-8 on the road and 0-8 against Western Conference opponents.

Katie Smith scored 14 points and Nicole Ohlde added 12 as the Lynx overcame an 11-point first-half deficit to win their fifth straight at home.

Sun 70, Monarchs 66: At Uncasville, Conn., Nykesha Sales scored 19 points and Connecticut held off Sacramento.

With her final basket of the night, with 1:46 left, Sales became the ninth player in WNBA history to reach 3,000 career points.

Sales needs 10 steals and two assists to join Swoopes as the only two players to have at least 3,000 points, 500 assists and 400 steals in a career.

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