CLEVELAND (AP) _ Cleveland rookie Ann Wauters scored 12 points as the Rockers defeated the Orlando Miracle, 72-43 Tuesday night to advance to the WNBA Eastern Conference Finals.

Cleveland will play host to the New York Liberty, the regular-season conference champion, on Thursday night in Game 1 of the best-of-three series. The second game will be played at New York as will Game 3, if necessary.

Wauters, the first pick in last spring's draft, made all five of her shots from the field. The 6-foot-4 center from Belgium also was a defensive presence inside, keeping the Miracle from completing passes for easy layups.

Orlando had just seven assists. Suzie McConnell Serio had seven of the Rockers' 24 assists as Cleveland dominated all aspects of the game.

Rushia Brown added 10 points for Cleveland, which lost the first game of the series on the road before taking the last two at home.

Nykesha Sales scored 13 points and Taj McWilliams added 12 for Orlando, which lost for its 10th consecutive road game.

Cleveland's determined defense enabled the Rockers to open a 12-2 lead in the first six minutes. The Miracle trailed 32-21 at halftime.

Unlike Game 2, when Orlando used a 10-0 run at the outset of the second half to get back into the game, Cleveland continued to extend its lead after the break.

Chasity Melvin scored four points in a 10-4 run by the Rockers that gave Cleveland a 42-25 lead.

The Rockers limited Orlando to 28 percent shooting from the field, the second-lowest in WNBA playoff history.

Orlando won the series opener 62-55 Friday night and the Rockers rebounded Sunday to tie it with a 63-54 victory.

The Rockers improved to 15-3 at home overall, including a 66-65 overtime victory against New York on July 3.