Isabelle Fijalkowski scored 19 points Saturday as the Cleveland Rockers ended the Houston Comets' 15-game streak with a 74-71 overtime victory in Houston.
"This is just one loss, but it was terrible, terrible, terrible," said Cynthia Cooper, the WNBA's leading scorer who finished with 16 points.Cleveland (13-9), which led by as many as 13 in the first half and was up by 11 at halftime, was forced into overtime when the Comets recovered from its largest deficit of the season to tie the score at 68-68.
Sheryl Swoopes scored 16 of her team-high 18 points after intermission. Janeth Arcain capped a 16-6 Houston run with a 12-footer to give the Comets a 57-56 lead with 7:40 left in the game. It was the first time Houston (20-2) had led since the first basket.
LIBERTY 67, MYSTICS 53: At Washington, Rebecca Lobo scored 13 points and three teammates had double figures as the New York Liberty beat the Washington Mystics for their fifth straight victory.
The Mystics (2-19) dropped their eighth straight, tying a league record for longest losing streak in the WNBA's two-year history.
The Liberty broke the game open with a 21-point run. The decisive run came after Washington led 27-22 late in the first half. The Liberty scored the half's final four points and the first 17 after intermission.