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Rockers 80, Sting 59

July 9, 2000

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Rushia Brown scored 24 points to lead the Cleveland Rockers to an 80-59 victory over the Charlotte Sting on Saturday night.

The Sting (3-15), who lost nine consecutive home games before beating Miami 76-60 Wednesday, led 15-10 with 11:36 left in the first half after a 12-foot jumper by Tiffany Travis.

But Cleveland responded with a 7-0 run, featuring a three-point play by Brown, and the Rockers (9-8) never trailed again.

Mery Andrade added 17 points on 8-for-10 shooting for Cleveland, which stayed 2 1/2 games behind the first-place Orlando Miracle in the WNBA’s Eastern Conference.

Chasity Melvin scored 16 points for the Rockers, who led 41-34 at halftime and hit 15-of-20 field-goal attempts in the second half. Cleveland shot 60 percent for the game.

The Sting, who shot 34 percent from the field, were led by Andrea Stinson’s 18 points. Rhonda Mapp added 14.

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