WNBA ROUNDUP: SPARKS SHOCKED BY HOST DETROIT.
Korie Hlede scored nine points in a 16-2 second-half run as the Detroit Shock beat the Sparks 73-61 on Wednesday night at Auburn Hills, Mich.
Hlede led the Shock (13-11) with 20 points, Razija Mujanovic added 15 and Sandy Brondello had 12.
Lisa Leslie matched her career high with 30 points and had 11 rebounds for Los Angeles, which lost for the first time in four games under new coach Orlando Woolridge. Penny Toler added 16 points for the Sparks (10-14).
Charlotte 69, New York 61: Andrea Stinson scored 19 points and Vicky Bullett had 17 points and nine rebounds as the Sting beat the Liberty at home.
The Sting (17-8) pushed its lead over New York (14-10) to 2-1/2 games in the Eastern Conference with five games remaining. Charlotte leads second-place Cleveland by two games.
Vickie Johnson led the Liberty with 21 points, and Rebecca Lobo had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
PHOTO Lisa Leslie of the Sparks, left, is guarded by Detroit's Carla Porter, center, and Cindy Brown.
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