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Portland 77, Seattle 66

January 31, 1998

SEATTLE (AP) _ Natalie Williams scored 25 points to lead the Portland Power to its 11th consecutive victory over the Seattle Reign, 77-66 Friday night.

Trailing by six at halftime, the Power went on a 12-5 run to start the third period and lead 40-39. Williams scored 10 of her points in the quarter and finished with 10 rebounds.

Molly Goodenbour added 17 points, Elaine Powell 13 and Katy Steding 10 for Portland (23-15).

Shalonda Enis and Kate Starbird paced Seattle (11-26) with 16 points apiece. Val Whiting added 12.

Seattle opened the game with a quick spurt, taking a 14-5 lead after Angela Aycock’s 3-pointer with 6:12 left in the first quarter. The Reign took its biggest lead at 30-18 in the second quarter before Portland came alive.

Seattle led 34-28 at halftime.

Power coach Lin Dunn said the key to her team’s dominance in the second half was the switch to a full-court press. ``That was the best decision we made all game,″ Dunn said.

Reign coach Tammy Holder said rebounding was also a factor.

``Their team rebounding in the second half was exceptional. That was the key,″ Holder said. ``They pressed in the second half, which put more pressure on us bringing the ball down the court. We were not able to be as patient in our offense as we want to be.″

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