SEATTLE, Aug. 9 (Ticker) -- A career night by Sheryl Swoopes was not
enough for the slumping Houston Comets.
Swoopes scored a career-high 34 points but Lauren Jackson nearly
matched her with 27 as the Comets dropped a 71-68 decision to
the Seattle Storm.
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The win pushed Seattle (15-12) past Houston (15-13), which has
lost three straight, into second place in the Western
Conference, five games behind idle Sacramento.
The 34-year-old Swoopes, who entered the game ranked second in
the WNBA with a scoring average of 18.0 points, scored just four
through the first 16-plus minutes before leading a Comets'
She finished the first half with nine points and gave Houston
its first lead, 41-39, with a jumper less than four minutes into
the second. The 6-0 forward scored seven straight points in
just over a minute to pull the Comets into a 62-62 tie with 4:14
Tanisha Wright answered for the Storm to give her club the lead
Swoopes shot 15-of-24 and matched a season high with three
3-pointers in five attempts. Michelle Snow added 13 points for
Jackson was 9-of-13 from the floor and grabbed nine rebounds as
Seattle won its sixth straight at home.