WNBA Stars Beat Italy's Champions
Oct. 14, 1997
COMO, Italy (AP) _ Cynthia Cooper, who played professionally in Italy before joining the WNBA, scored 14 points to lead five players in double figures as a touring WNBA all-star team beat Italian champion SFT Como 93-73 Tuesday night.
Cooper, who was named WNBA MVP after helping the Houston Comets win the inaugural league title in August, was 6-of-8 from the field as the visitors overcame 16 turnovers and poor rebounding.
The game, played before a crowd of 1,200, was a homecoming of sorts for Cooper and six others who played professionally in Italy. Cooper played nine years with Parma and Alcamo.
Lisa Leslie had 13 points for the WNBA team, which led 53-41 at halftime, while Ruthie Bolton had 12 and Tina Thompson and Michelle Timms added 10 each.
Isabelle Fijalkowski, who played for Cleveland in the WNBA, led Como with 20 points.
The WNBA team, which now goes to the McDonald's Championships in Paris for appearances and clinics, routed the German national team 100-63 Sunday in Bonn.