By Andrew Medeiros

July 12, 2008: Scoreboard | Video Play of the Day | Today in the WNBA Archive

Shameka Christon scored six of her game-high 19 points during New York’s fourth-quarter rally.Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images
Liberty Chip Away at Home to Shock Detroit

New York knocks off first-place Shock: With all five home teams grabbing wins on Saturday, it has never been more obvious how important home-court advantage can be in the WNBA. The Detroit Shock can certainly attest to that. The Shock, who moved into first place in the Eastern Conference with a home win over the Connecicut Sun on Tuesday, are a perfect 9-0 when dining on home cooking, but have dropped four-straight road games after watching the New York Liberty rally back from an 18-point second half deficit. The Liberty trailed by six points heading into the final period before finally finding a groove, outscoring the Shock 23-7 in the fourth, on the way to a 74-64 home win. Shameka Christon led the way for New York, scoring six of her game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter, while Janel McCarville added 13 points and seven rebounds. Detroit featured a balanced attack led by Katie Smith and Plenette Pierson, scoring 13 points apiece, and supported by Tasha Humphrey and Cheryl Ford, who added 11 each. The Shock maintain a slim half-game lead over the idle Sun.

Seattle bids farewell to Lauren Jackson: After a rocky start to the season, the Seattle Storm had seemingly found the answer to their inconsistencies and cruised to five straight wins, grabbing a slim edge over the Los Angeles Sparks for second place in the Western Conference. That roll was in doubt on Saturday when the Sparks took a nine-point second quarter lead, but the Storm bounced back to take a two-point lead into halftime and roll to a 70-52 home win. Seattle has been untouchable recently, winning its last six games by double digits, but the Storm will have to stay hot without reigning-MVP Lauren Jackson, who will miss the rest of July to train with the Australian National Team. Jackson scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds on Saturday, while helping to keep Candace Parker and Lisa Leslie in check down low with five blocked shots. Parker was held to a team-high 14 points, while Leslie only managed nine points on 2-of-11 shooting.
"We didn't come out with enough energy. They were the aggressors. That is what we want to be. Once that ball gets sliding downhill it's hard to stop."

-- Comets coach Karleen Thompson after Houston fell behind early on in Minnesota and was never able to make up the difference on the way to an 85-71 road loss.

Cappie Pondexter, Mercury
33 pts, 9-14 FG, 1-1 FT
105-97 loss at Monarchs

Candice Dupree, Sky
19 pts, 9-14 FG, 1-1 FT
66-57 loss at Fever

Seimone Augustus, Lynx
27 pts, 12-17 FG, 3-5 3-pt FT
85-71 win vs. Comets.

Deanna Nolan, Shock
2-13 FG, 1-4 3-pt FG, 5 pts
74-64 loss at Liberty

Kara Braxton, Shock
1-6 FG, 4 pts
74-64 loss at Liberty

Lisa Leslie, Sparks
2-11 FG, 0-1 3-pt FG, 9 pts
70-52 loss at Storm

Sunday's Games ...

  • Connecticut at Washington, 3:30 ET (ABC)
  • Atlanta at Chicago, 6 p.m. ET (NBA TV)
  • Augustus

    Third-overall pick Candice Wiggins of the Minnesota Lynx was named Rookie of the Month for June and is creeping up on Candace Parker in the Rookie Rankings, but look out for teammate Nicky Anosike, whom the Lynx selected 16th. The rookie center turned in another dominant performance inside against the Houston Comets on Saturday with 12 points, 10 rebounds and six steals, helping Minnesota pull back to .500 on the season with an 85-71 home win.
    Despite having built a 13-point lead, the Indiana Fever clung to a two-point lead with less than two minutes to play on Saturday. Katie Douglas carried her teammates for much of the night and didn’t disappoint in the final moments, as the Fever scored the game’s final seven points – six by Douglas – for a 66-57 home win. Douglas only shot 7-of-17 from the field on the night, but made up for it by converting all 10 free-throw attempts on the way to 25 points.