Swin Cash and Ruth Riley are looking forward to teaming with Dawn Staley in next month's Olympics. Last night, they were only concerned about beating her.
Cash and Riley combined for 32 points and 19 rebounds as their Detroit Shock moved past Staley's Charlotte Sting in the Eastern Conference playoff race with a 63-53 victory in Auburn, Hills, Mich.
"It's going to be great to play with Dawn in Athens, because she's probably the smartest player I've ever seen," said Cash, who had 16 points and a season-high 14 rebounds. "But we really needed this game."
Riley, selected to replace injured DeLisha Milton-Jones on the Olympic team Thursday, also had 16 points for the Shock (11-12). Charlotte (10-11) lost its fourth straight. Staley led the Sting with 12 points.
Sparks 70, Comets 67 -- Mwadi Mabika scored 19 points, including two free throws with 21 seconds to play, as host Los Angeles rallied for its ninth win in 10 games.
Lisa Leslie added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Sparks (17-7) to move within a point of becoming the first WNBA player to score 4,000 in her career.
Mystics 65, Lynx 61 -- At Washington, rookie Alana Beard scored 23 points and made two free throws with 1:11 remaining to help the Mystics (10-12) end Minnesota's franchise-record six-game winning streak.