Cynthia Cooper scored 23 of her 34 points in the second half Friday night to rally the Houston Comets to a 61-57 victory over the Detroit Shock.

Houston (24-2) trailed by 13 points at halftime, but rallied to win their fourth straight game. Detroit (13-12) lost for the third time in five games as the expansion team's slim playoff chances become even more remote.Cooper's point total matched her own season high in the WNBA this season and was the highest against the Shock, topping the 30 scored by Lisa Leslie of Los Angeles two days earlier.

Kim Perrot had 15 points for the Comets, while Cindy Brown had 13 points and 13 rebounds for Detroit.

MONARCHS 76, MYSTICS 55: At Sacramento, Calif., Tangela Smith scored 19 points to lead six Sacramento players in double figures.

The expansion Mystics (2-22) moved a step closer to setting the record for the lowest winning percentage in professional basketball history. With six games left and an .083 winning percentage, they will need to get hot to avoid finishing under .110, the percentage managed by the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers, who were 9-73.

The Monarchs (7-18) used a 15-0 second-half run to take a 69-46 lead with 1:26 to go.

Latasha Byears added 14 points for the Monarchs, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Ticha Penicheiro had 13 for Sacramento, while Linda Burgess, Lady Hardmon and Franthea Price each had 10.