Charlotte 70, Indiana 59
Sutton-Brown, Smith Carry Sting Past Visiting Fever
CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 9 (Ticker) -- Tammy Sutton-Brown and Tangela Smith were too much for the Indiana Fever in the paint.
Sutton-Brown had 18 points and five blocks and Smith contributed 16 points and 11 rebounds - all season highs - as the Charlotte Sting posted a 70-59 triumph over the Fever.
The game was tied at 55-55 in the fourth quarter with 6:01 remaining before the Sting pulled away and closed the game with a commanding 15-4 surge. Smith and rookie Monique Currie combined to score 11 points during the stretch.
Indiana was outscored, 23-13, in the final period after opening the contest with a 15-1 burst.
Helen Darling had eight points and a season-high seven assists for Charlotte, which shot 45 percent (27-of-59) from the field to end its two-game skid.
Ebony Hoffman and Anna DeForge scored 14 points apiece for the Fever, who shot 33 percent (22-of-65) and made only 4-of-17 from 3-point range.