Originally created 08/12/01

Sparks burn the Comets



LOS ANGELES -- Mwadi Mabika scored 22 points as the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Houston Comets 65-54 on Saturday to extend their WNBA-record winning streak to 18.

DeLisha Milton added 11 points and Ukari Figgs had 10 for the Sparks (27-3). Lisa Leslie, limited to 23 minutes because of foul trouble, scored seven points - matching her season low.

The victory also extended Los Angeles' WNBA-record home winning streak to 22 games over the past two seasons.

The Sparks pulled away with a 13-2 run early in the second half. Mabika began the spurt with consecutive 3-pointers, putting Los Angeles ahead 31-28.

The lead increased to 38-30 with 15:41 to play on Figgs' 3-pointer and layups by Latasha Byears and Tamecka Dixon.

The Sparks took their biggest lead, 47-34, with 12:01 left on Leslie's 3-point play that completed a 9-2 run.

The Comets responded with six straight points, pulling to 47-40, but were unable to get any closer.

Janeth Arcain scored 16 of her 20 in the second half for Houston (18-12), which fell into a tie for second with idle Utah in the race for second place in the Western Conference.

Tina Thompson added 11 and Tiffani Johnson 10.

Byears had a career-high 17 rebounds as Los Angeles outrebounded Houston 43-24, including a 26-11 second-half edge.