Houston 83, Utah 77 (2OT)
Big Three Work Twice As Hard to Win
HOUSTON, Aug. 18 (Ticker) -- When the game was on the line, the Big Three of the Houston Comets delivered.
Houston won a playoff game for the first time since two-time MVP Cynthia Cooper retired and set up a decisive Game 3 here on Tuesday night.
Arcain opened the scoring in the second extra session with a jumper and Swoopes added a short jumper with 3:45 left for a 77-73 lead. Thompson scored off an offensive rebound and capped the 9-0 run with a 3-pointer for a 82-73 cushion with 2:14 remaining.
Utah held a six-point lead with 4½ minutes left in regulation but Arcain made a jumper over 7-2 Margo Dydek to forge a 65-65 tie. Thompson helped send the game to overtime by blocking a baseline jumper by Starzz guard Marie Ferdinand with four seconds to go.
The Comets had a chance to win at the end of the first overtime but Swoopes misfired on a jumper with six seconds left.
Ferdinand scored 22 points and fellow All-Star Adrienne Goodson added 20 for Utah. Natalie Williams notched 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Dydek added 16 points, 12 boards and five blocks.