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Fire 67, Rockers 62

June 13, 2001

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Sophia Witherspoon scored 20 points and Sylvia Crawley added 19 as the Portland Fire beat the Cleveland Rockers 67-62 Tuesday night.

Witherspoon and Jackie Stiles each hit free throws in the final minute to seal the win for Portland (3-1). Stiles finished with 11 points.

Penny Taylor led Cleveland (3-3) with 11 points. Jennifer Rizzotti and Merlakia Jones each added nine points.

A 3-pointer by Taylor with 33.4 seconds left that cut Portland’s lead to 63-60. But Stiles, fouled quickly by Jones, hit her second free throw to give Portland a 64-60 lead.

Jones then missed a 3-pointer, and Witherspoon was fouled after grabbing the rebound. She hit the first free throw to give Portland a five-point lead.

Rizzotti then scored on a putback of a miss by Taylor. Jones fouled Stiles, who converted two free throws to seal the win.

Stiles and Witherspoon hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the first half, and Crawley scored to give Portland an early 14-4 lead.

Crawley then scored three consecutive baskets, including a slick alley-oop layup from Tully Bevilaqua, and Stiles completed a three-point play as the Fire maintained a 10-point lead most of the first half.

Crawley scored 12 points in the first half as Portland pushed its lead to 17 points.

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