Houston 71, Sacramento 66
Short-Handed Comets Edge Monarchs
HOUSTON, June 10 (Ticker) -- Tina Thompson scored 22 points as the Houston Comets overcame the absence of injured stars Sheryl Swoopes and Cynthia Cooper and held on for a 71-66 victory over the Sacramento Monarchs on Tuesday.
However, Thompson stepped up Tuesday. After tallying 14 points in the first half, she nailed a 3-pointer and a jumper as the Comets scored the first nine points of the second, putting Houston in front, 43-36.
The 6-2 forward hit another 3-pointer with just over nine minutes left to give the Comets their largest lead, 61-48.
But Sacramento battled back as Tangela Smith hit from the arc with just 55.4 seconds remaining and sliced the Monarchs' deficit to 67-66. Smith paced Sacramento with 17 points.
Janeth Arcain converted all four free throws down the stretch and helped Houston snap its two-game skid.