Sting Defeat Shock 65-58
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Tammy Sutton-Brown scored 17 points and Andrea Stinson added 14 before leaving with a hip injury as the Charlotte Sting beat the Detroit Shock 65-58 on Thursday.
The Sting (12-6) won their fourth straight game and moved into first place in the Eastern Conference, one-half game ahead of the Shock (10-5).
Stinson, who has started all 204 games in Sting history, pulled up with a right hip flexor and collapsed under the basket with 17:10 left. She didn’t return, but greeted her teammates on crutches after the game.
Without Stinson, Detroit went on a 15-5 run to cut Charlotte’s 14-point lead to 45-42 on Cheryl Ford’s free throw with 7:22 remaining.
Charlotte responded with a 9-1 run and improved to 3-0 against Detroit this season.
Ford scored a career-high 20 points and Swin Cash and Deanna Nolan added 11 apiece for the Shock, who have lost four of six.
The Sting missed 15 of their first 19 shots, six on blocked shots, as Detroit took a 17-8 lead. Stinson led a 26-3 charge with 10 points, helping Charlotte take a 34-20 lead. The Shock made just one field goal and committed eight turnovers during the 10-minute spurt.
Detroit finished with a team-record 11 blocked shots, but committed 22 turnovers.