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Shock Beat Liberty 66-63

July 10, 2002

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) _ Rookie Swin Cash had 16 points and 10 rebounds as the Detroit Shock beat the New York Liberty 66-63 on Wednesday for their second win of the season.

Barbara Farris added a career-high 14 points as Detroit (2-16) improved to 2-6 since Bill Laimbeer replaced Greg Williams as coach in last month.

Crystal Robinson scored 17 points to lead New York (10-9), which made just two of its first 16 shots to quickly fall behind 12-4.

Detroit, which led 28-22 at halftime, started the second half with a 13-4 run to take a 41-27 lead with 14:30 left, but couldn’t put the Liberty away.

Vickie Johnson scored four points in a 9-2 run that pulled New York within five at 43-38 with 12 minutes left.

The Liberty got as close as 54-50 with 5:16 left, but couldn’t get closer until Johnson’s layup made it 64-62 with 36 seconds left.

After Cash and Tari Phillips each split a pair of free throws, New York fouled Ayana Walker, who also made 1-of-2 from the line to make it 66-63.

Cash forced a jump ball with Robinson at the other end, and New York gained possession but couldn’t get a 3-point attempt off before the buzzer.

Phillips finished with 14 for the Liberty, and Johnson had 12.

Notes: Neither team had a player named to the Eastern Conference All-Star reserves, which were announced Wednesday. New York’s Teresa Weatherspoon and Phillips were voted in as starters. ... The win ended Detroit’s five-game losing streak to New York. ... Elaine Powell, traded from Orlando to the Shock for Wendy Palmer on Monday, scored eight points in her Detroit debut.

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