Minnesota 68, Houston 64 (OT)
Lynx Need OT to Top Comets
MINNEAPOLIS, June 1 (Ticker) -- After a big three-pointer by Janeth Arcain, the "Big Three" of the Houston Comets could not make a shot.
After Svetlana Abrosimova opened overtime scoring with a three-pointer at the 3:51 mark, Arcain tied it 30 seconds later. But Houston did not score again, as Sheryl Swoopes missed a three-pointer and layup and Arcain and Mfon Udoka missed three-pointers.
The Comets rely heavily on Swoopes, Cynthia Cooper and Tina Thompson. But Cooper did not take a shot in overtime and Thompson did not play because she was suspended by the WNBA for throwing a flagrant elbow in a loss to Connecticut.
Tamika Williams gave Minnesota the lead for good at 66-64 with a follow shot with 2:55 to play. Neither team scored until Katie Smith rebounded her own miss, drew a foul and sank two clinching free throws with 10 seconds left.
Sheri Sam scored 14 points, Smith added 12 and Michele Van Gorp 10 for the Lynx, who erased an eight-point halftime deficit and improved to 3-1. Abrosimova scored nine points and Williams eight.
Cooper scored 22 points and Swoopes and Udoka added 12 each for the Comets, who shot just 36 percent (21-of-58) from the field. They made 18-of-19 free throws, but their miss was a costly one.
Two foul shots by Cooper pulled Houston within 61-60 with 48 seconds remaining in regulation. She drew another foul with 12 seconds to go and had a chance to give the Comets the lead, but missed the first shot before making the second to force overtime. Minnesota's Teresa Edwards, who was 1-of-10 from the field, missed on a jumper at the buzzer.
The Lynx trailed 35-27 at halftime but opened the second half with a 14-2 burst. A layup by Sam gave Minnesota a 41-37 advantage with 14:07 to play.