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Fever hot spell leads to OT win

Tamika Whitmore scored a career-high 29 points and Tamika Catchings added 27 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists to help the Indiana Fever beat the Charlotte Sting, 92-85, in overtime last night in Indianapolis.

Indiana (8-4) overcame a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to remain undefeated at Conseco Fieldhouse. Whitmore scored 11 points and Catchings 7 during a rally by the Fever that forced overtime after Indiana trailed, 68-58, with 6:20 remaining in regulation.

Catchings and Tully Bevilaqua each had 4 points in overtime as the Fever outscored the Sting, 12-5. Indiana won for the third time in four games.

Tangela Smith had 18 points and eight rebounds to lead Charlotte (2-7), which lost its third straight game. The Fever led throughout the first half and 42-39 at halftime before going cold.

Sparks 80, Monarchs 69 -- Mwadi Mabika tied a WNBA record with seven 3-pointers and finished with 27 points as host Los Angeles upended Sacramento.

Lisa Leslie had 16 points and seven rebounds and Chamique Holdsclaw added 12 points and seven rebounds for Los Angeles (8-3), which moved a half-game ahead of Houston for first place in the Western Conference.

Nicole Powell scored 15 points and Kara Lawson added 14 for Sacramento (5-5), which outrebounded the Sparks, 22-17.

Murriel Page's jumper with 3:37 left gave Los Angeles a 68-66 lead and the Sparks then went on a 10-1 run to seal their fifth consecutive win.

Lynx 94, Mercury 82 -- Rookie Seimone Augustus tied a season high with 32 points to help Minnesota roll past Phoenix in Minneapolis.

Nicole Ohlde added 22 points and Tamika Williams grabbed 12 rebounds as the Lynx (5-6) snapped a two-game skid and bounced back from Friday's 30-point loss in San Antonio.

Diana Taurasi led the Mercury (3-6) with 23, but was 7 for 22 from the field and was visibly frustrated by her team's rebounding struggles and Minnesota's pestering defense. Cappie Pondexter added 22 points for the Mercury.

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