Cynthia Cooper scored 19 of her 23 points in the second half Tuesday night as the Houston Comets avenged their only loss of the season with a 65-62 victory over the Phoenix Mercury in Phoenix.

Sheryl Swoopes added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Comets, who won their 12th in a row to improve to 17-1. Their lone loss was 69-66 at Phoenix on June 24.Cooper, the WNBA's leading scorer at 23.5 points per game, scored 13 in the game's final 7:15, six during a 10-3 surge as Houston broke away from a 47-47 tie to go up 57-50 on Monica Lamb's two free throws with 2:18 to play.

LIBERTY 92, SPARKS 77: At Inglewood, Calif., Teresa Weatherspoon set a WBNA record with 13 assists and added 15 points and seven rebounds as New York beat Los Angeles.

STING 84, MYSTICS 67: At Washington, former Maryland star Vicky Bullett scored 19 points to help push Charlotte past Washington.