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New York beats Miracle to sweep

Crystal Robinson scored 18 points to lead five Liberty players in double figures as New York beat the Miracle 80-75 on Monday night to sweep the season series.

It was New York's fourth win in five games.

Nykesha Sales led the Miracle, who lost for the sixth time in seven games, with 24 points. Taj McWilliams added 20.

New York, trailing 33-31 at halftime, got two three-pointers from Robinson early in the second half to take the lead for good. After trailing by as many as nine in the second half, Orlando rallied to within 71-68 with 2:14 remaining.

Kym Hampton, plagued by foul trouble for most of the game, hit a turnaround jump shot with the shot clock running down to give the Liberty a 73-68 lead with 1:36 remaining.

After an Orlando basket, Hampton grabbed an offensive rebound to give her team an extra possession. Teresa Weatherspoon was fouled and hit both free throws, her only points, to push the advantage back to five.

Vickie Johnson added 15 points for the Liberty, and Sue Wicks had 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Reserve Sophia Witherspoon scored 12 points, including seven consecutive that helped push a 61-59 advantage up to nine.

New York came in tied with Charlotte for the top spot in the Eastern Conference, and Orlando was one game behind Detroit in fourth place. The Sting was to play at Utah late Monday. The top three teams qualify for the playoffs, with the conference champion receiving a first-round bye.

PORTLAND: Linda Hargrove, former coach of the defunct ABL's Colorado Xplosion, will hired as coach, the Associated Press reported. Portland, which has not been named, begins play next season.

WASHINGTON: Chamique Holdsclaw was named player of the week after leading her team to four straight victories. Holdsclaw averaged 22 points, making 23 of 63 field goals, with 7 rebounds, 1.75 blocked shots and 1.25 steals. Holdsclaw, a rookie from Tennessee, is fifth in the league in scoring (18.2).

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