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Starzz 61, Sting 58

July 23, 1998

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Margo Dydek had 13 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks and the Utah Starzz rallied from a 15-point deficit in the second half for a 61-58 victory over the Charlotte Sting on Wednesday night.

Utah’s Wendy Palmer scored eight of her 10 points in the second half, including the go-ahead basket with 30 seconds left, as the Starzz broke a five-game losing streak against Charlotte.

The Eastern-Conference leading Sting shot 53 percent in the first half but saw that figure drop to 24 percent in the final 20 minutes, contributing to the end of Charlotte’s five-game home winning streak.

Utah, which overcame 25 turnovers that led to 25 Charlotte points, also got 15 points from Kim Williams.

Rhonda Mapp led Charlotte with 17 points. Andrea Stinson added 10 but missed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds that would have forced overtime.

Charlotte closed the first half with a 19-9 run after the 7-foot-2 Dydek picked up her third foul.

But she was assessed just one foul the rest of the way, and the Starzz, after trailing 42-27 in the opening minute of the second half, gradually worked their way back into contention. Utah took a 57-56 lead on Erin Alexander’s 3-pointer with 1:50 remaining.

There were two more ties and a lead change before Palmer put the Starzz ahead to stay at 60-58 on a follow shot with 30 seconds left.

After Mapp missed two shots on the other end, the Starzz forced a jump ball with 11 seconds left. Williams got the ball and added one foul shot to account for the final margin.

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