Originally created 08/12/02

Sting stay in hunt



NEW YORK-- Allison Feaster scored 18 points as the Charlotte Sting beat the New York Liberty 71-58 Sunday to stay in the hunt for the Eastern Conference's second playoff spot.

The Sting (17-14) came into the game tied for second with Washington, and stayed on track for a showdown with the Mystics. Washington played Cleveland on Sunday night and will end the regular season Tuesday in Charlotte.

The Liberty have already clinched the East, and both Charlotte and Washington are assured of playoff spots.

Crystal Robinson scored 10 of her 16 points in the first half for the Liberty (18-13), who clinched the top playoff seed in the East with a win over Washington Friday. Tari Phillips added 11 points.

Sparked by two 3-point plays each from Dawn Staley and Feaster, Charlotte went on an 19-3 run to start the second half and take a 53-35 lead.

Andrea Stinson added 14 points for Charlotte and Staley had 11.

The Liberty didn't make their second field goal of the game until Camille Cooper hit a turnaround jumper with 9:30 left in the first half. But Robinson followed with a layup and a pair of 3-pointers to keep New York in the game early.

Charlotte Smith dislocated her right pinky finger four minutes into the game and did not return until the second half, when she scored all of her nine points.