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Sting Defeat Storm, 70-67

July 9, 2004

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Tynesha Lewis scored a career-high 19 points to lead the Charlotte Sting to a 70-67 victory over the Seattle Storm on Thursday night.

Lewis passed her previous-best of 16 points with a three-point play late in the game. She scored on a baseline drive that drew a foul, then made the free throw for a 66-60 lead with 2:30 to go.

The Storm then got two free throws from Sue Bird, and after a Charlotte turnover, Lauren Jackson hit a 3 to cut it to 66-65.

Lewis missed a 3 for Charlotte and Kamila Vodichkova got the rebound to give Seattle a chance. The Storm inbounded the ball to Bird with 38 seconds to play, but her attempt at a driving layup was blocked by Tammy Sutton-Brown.

Charlotte’s Dawn Staley was fouled and made one free throw. Jackson scrambled after the rebound, but knocked it out of bounds to give the Sting the ball back with a 67-65 lead and 19 seconds to play.

Charlotte Smith-Taylor added another free throw for Charlotte to make it 68-65. Vodichkova scored for Seattle, but Allison Feaster made two free throws to seal Charlotte’s win.

Feaster scored 19 points and Sutton-Brown added 16 for Charlotte, which pulled within one-half game of Eastern Conference-leading Connecticut.

Jackson scored 24 points for Seattle, which has lost two straight since its four-game road winning streak was snapped with a loss at Washington on Wednesday.

Bird and Betty Lennox each added 13 points.

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