NEW YORK – Deanna Nolan made five free throws in the final 34 seconds to lift the Detroit Shock to a 78-71 victory over the New York Liberty.

Nolan went 8-of-9 from the foul line and finished with 17 points. Cheryl Ford had 15 points and 18 rebounds for the Shock, who opened their season with wins on consecutive days.

Becky Hammon had 24 points, Vickie Johnson added 16, and Ann Wauters had 14 for the Liberty, who opened their season at home for just the second time in nine seasons.

Sun 69, Mystics 67

WASHINGTON – Katie Douglas scored 16 points, including four free throws in the final 38 seconds, to help Connecticut hold off Washington.

Nykesha Sales scored 13 points and Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 10 points and six rebounds for the Sun.

Chasity Melvin led the Mystics with 15 points and seven rebounds in their home opener. Temeka Johnson added 12 points and DeLisha Milton-Jones scored 10 for Washington.

Fever 68, Sting 58

INDIANAPOLIS – Reserves Deanna Jackson scored 12 points and Jurgita Streimikyte added 10 to lead Indiana to the win in its season opener.

Sheri Sam scored 13 points and Dawn Staley 10 for Charlotte, which has lost its first two games.

Comets 79, Lynx 65

HOUSTON – Sheryl Swoopes scored 27 points and Michelle Snow added a career-high 20 points and 11 rebounds, leading Houston to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2003.

Swoopes scored 15 points in the first half and helped Houston break open a close game in the second half.

Nicole Ohlde scored 18 points for Minnesota.

, which lost their season opener and fell to 1-10 in Houston.


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