The Detroit Shock are having a tough time winning on their home court.
The defending WNBA champions fell to 4-7 at the Palace of Auburn Hills after losing to the Connecticut Sun, 78-68, yesterday morning.
"The bottom line is I'm doing something wrong as a coach," Detroit coach Bill Laimbeer said. "I can't seem to get our team motivated to do little things. We've got a lot of talented players and we're not getting it done. I'll take the blame." Connecticut, which finished with two wins on a five-game road trip, is 10-2 against the Eastern Conference. Taj McWilliams-Franklin, who led the Sun with 17 points, moved past the 2,000-point mark for her career early in the second half.
Sparks 96, Mystics 76 -- Mwadi Mabika scored 21 points and Laura Macchi had career highs of 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead host Los Angeles. Lisa Leslie added 18 points for the Sparks, who established a season high for points while earning their eighth victory in nine games.
Alana Beard and Chastity Melvin scored 16 points apiece for the Mystics, who have lost three straight games and four of five. Chamique Holdsclaw added 15 points.
Mercury 87, Silver Stars 55 -- Plenette Pierson scored a season-high 20 points and Phoenix snapped a five-game losing streak with a rout of visiting San Antonio. Penny Taylor had 16 points, and Diana Taurasi added 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists for the Mercury (9-12).
Adrienne Goodson and Agnieszka Bibrzycka had 12 points each and LaToya Thomas had 10 for the Stars (6-16), who lost for the seventh time in eight games.