Sheryl Swoopes scored a career-high 28 points and proved she can play alongside Cynthia Cooper, leading the Houston Comets to a 73-62 victory over the New York Liberty on Saturday in a rematch of the inaugural WNBA championship game.

Swoopes, who played only nine regular-season games last year after returning from childbirth, showed speed and agility and meshed well with Cooper, who scored 18 points before leaving the game with 3:38 to play with an injury to her right knee.Vickie Johnson led New York, which lost its second game, with 18 points, while Kym Hampton added 11.

STING 78, SHOCK 69: Rhonda Mapp scored seven of her 12 points down the stretch, leading the Charlotte Sting to victory over the expansion Detroit Sting and spoiling the WNBA coaching debut of Nancy Lieberman-Cline.

Razija Mujanovic had 20 points and 13 rebounds in the inaugural WNBA game for the Shock. Andrea Stinson scored 16 points and Vicky Bullett added 14 points and 12 rebounds for Charlotte.