Originally created 08/11/01

Sol tops Fever in OT



MIAMI -- Sheri Sam scored seven of her 21 points in overtime as the Miami Sol clinched at least the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 72-67 victory over the Indiana Fever on Friday night.

Elena Baranova added 21 points as Miami (19-11) won its fourth straight overall and eighth straight at home. The Sol have won 13 of their last 15 games.

Indiana's Rita Williams, who finished with 20 points, hit a driving layup with 0.7 seconds left in regulation, tying the game at 62 and forcing overtime.

Williams' tying basket came after Miami's Debbie Black with missed two free throws with nine seconds left.

Black hit one of two free throws with 14.1 seconds in overtime to give Miami a 70-67 lead. The Sol's Sandy Brondello added two free throws with 2.5 seconds left in overtime to help seal the victory.

Miami rookie center Ruth Riley added 11 points, including a layup that gave the Sol a 59-58 lead with 1:17 left in regulation.

Williams added eight steals, a franchise record and league high this season. The WNBA single-game record for steals is nine, set by Phoenix's Michelle Brogan in 1998.

Indiana's Nadine Malcolm scored 15 points, before fouling out with 44.6 seconds left in overtime. Angie Braziel added 10 points.

Miami, which led 28-27 at halftime, played its seventh overtime game of the season, a WNBA record.