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© St. Petersburg Times,
published July 8, 2001


Charlotte makes it 6 in row

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Dawn Staley scored 15 points and Shalonda Enis added 12 as the Sting beat Seattle 48-38 Saturday, tying a franchise record with its sixth straight win.

Staley also had five assists, and Enis added seven rebounds for Charlotte (7-10), which also won six consecutive games in 1999.

Simone Edwards led Seattle (8-9) with 14 points and five rebounds.

Lauren Jackson failed to reach double figures for the first time in 16 games.

She finished with seven points on 3-for-10 shooting.

The Storm shot 33 percent, including 1-of-12 from three-point range, and failed to score 40 or more points for the second time this season.

Staley and Enis hit three-pointers in an 8-0 run that gave Charlotte a 38-24 lead with 12:39 left. The Storm never got closer than seven points the rest of the way.

MIAMI 66, SACRAMENTO 54: Elena Baranova scored 21 as the host Sol beat snapped the Monarchs' five-game winning streak.

The Sol (7-9), who had lost nine of their past 12 games, shot a franchise-best 54 percent and rallied from an eight-point first-half deficit.

Baranova shot 8-for-14, including 3-for-4 from three-point range, and finished with seven rebounds. Sheri Sam added 12 points for the Sol, who scored 27 points off 18 Sacramento turnovers.

Miami outscored Sacramento 34-26 in the second half and led by as many as 17 in the final minutes.

Yolanda Griffith scored 20 points for the Monarchs (10-7), who had a season-low point total and lost for the first time in five games under coach Maura McHugh, who took over as coach on June 25, when Sonny Allen resigned.

Faced with an eight-point deficit, the Sol scored 14 consecutive points and built a 32-28 lead by the intermission.

Baranova scored 12 points in the first half and Miami shot 59 percent in the first 20 minutes.

The Monarchs played nearly the entire second half without point guard Ticha Penicheiro, who cut the bridge of her nose and required three stitches.

Miami's Marlies Askamp, who started the first 11 games, sprained her right ankle in the first half and did not return.

LATE FRIDAY: Jackie Stiles scored 21 points as host Portland snapped a two-game losing streak with a 69-58 victory over Washington. Sylvia Crawley, who won a slam-dunk competition while a member of the Portland Power of the ABL in 1997, nearly dunked over two defenders in the waning moments of the game. "I want to be the first to dunk" in a professional game, Crawley said. "I've just got to keep trying. I practice free throws and I practice shooting, so I've just got to keep practicing my dunks."

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