Charlotte 69, Connecticut 68
Staley Beats Buzzer to Lift Sting
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 9 (Ticker) -- Dawn Staley returned with not a second to spare.
The game between teams gunning for second place in the Eastern Conference had a playoff atmosphere. Charlotte (16-12) won for the third time in four games and opened a two-game lead over Connecticut (14-14).
A 3-pointer by Katie Douglas gave the Sun a 68-67 lead with 26 seconds remaining. The Sting dribbled down the clock to eight seconds before calling timeout.
Tammy Sutton-Brown missed badly on a driving shot from the right side. The rebound bounced off the backboard right to Staley, who tossed in a five-footer as the horn sounded.
Referees looked at replays for two minutes before determining that Staley's shot had beaten the buzzer by the slimmest of margins.
Staley scored 11 points. Andrea Stinson scored 19 and Shalonda Enis added 14 for the Sting.
Nykesha Sales scored a career-high 29 points and Douglas added 10 for the Sun.
Staley twisted her left ankle and went to the bench with just over five minutes to go. Without their floor general, the Sting went on a 10-1 run, taking a 64-61 lead on a jumper by Kelly Miller with 2:24 left.
Sales and Enis each traded two free throws before Pee Wee Johnson drove for a layup to cut the deficit to 66-65 with 57 seconds to play. Staley returned and Enis made a free throw.