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Sting Beats Shock 80-73

June 27, 2002

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) _ Andrea Stinson scored 22 points to help the Charlotte Sting beat the Detroit Shock 80-73 Wednesday night.

Detroit (0-12) has the longest losing streak in league history, surpassing an 11-game midseason slide by Washington in 1998.

The Shock’s start moved them past the 2002 Detroit Tigers’ 0-11 start and matched the 2001 Detroit Lions at 0-12.

Tammy Sutton-Brown had 13 points for Charlotte (6-5), while Charlotte Smith scored 13 and Kelly Miller added 12 off the bench.

Dominique Canty led Detroit with 17, while rookie Swin Cash and Wendy Palmer added 15 each.

The Sting led 34-32 at halftime, and the teams traded the lead throughout the early portions of the second period.

The game was tied at 53-all with 11:01 to play, despite an 11-point outburst from Palmer in the half’s first nine minutes. But Charlotte went on a 9-3 run to take a 62-56 lead with 8:53 left. Sutton-Brown and Tonya Edwards each scored four of the points.

NOTES: The game was announced as a sellout after Belle Tire bought several thousand tickets and made them available for free at the door. The promotion was announced after the annual Freedom Festival fireworks in downtown Detroit were postponed because of bad weather. The actual attendance appeared to be around 3,000. ... The game also meant that the Detroit Pistons were unable to hold their usual NBA Draft party at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

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