Comets’ Young Squad Starting To Gel

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: June 27, 2008

Houston CometsHOUSTON — The Houston Comets displayed their own version of a Texas Two-Step Thursday as they swept the San Antonio Silver Stars 77-71 in front of 5,983 at Reliant Arena.

Sancho Lyttle, who started in place of the injured Tina Thompson, scored a career-high 23 points, including a career-high 10 field goals and pulled down 10 rebounds. Lyttle also had three steals and four assists in the game.

Houston swept the San Antonio series by defeating them three times in the month of June, including two consecutive victories in three days.

The Comets faced the Stars in San Antonio on Tuesday, and they came away with a 82-81 overtime victory. Despite fracturing her finger earlier in the game, Thompson hit a 13-foot jumper with 1.2 seconds left to win the game.

Michelle Snow led the Comets with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Thompson added 16 and Mwadi Mabika scored 15.

Coming off of a victory at Minnesota, the Comets took advantage of their first of two national televised games and showed the league that they are a young team that will be hard to beat down the road.

They closed a huge deficit by putting together a 9-0 run to pull within two points at halftime in San Antonio and on Thursday night they went on a 12-0 run to start the game.

The Silver Stars didn’t score their first basket until the 6:40 mark in the first period.

“It feels great to sweep the series,” Houston Comets head coach Karleen Thompson said. “We played hard. San Antonio is a good team and Sancho just really showed up for us tonight.”

Houston shot a season-high of .556 in field goal shooting and they outrebounded San Antonio 31-20.

Snow added 17 points and 16 rebounds, including 13 of them coming on the defensive end. She also had two blocked shots. Floor general Shannon “Pee Wee” Johnson added 17 points and was tied with Lyttle with four assists.

The Comets, who started the season at 0-5, have gone 6-3 since and they hope to increase their three-game winning streak to four when Tamika Catchings and the Indiana Fever visit Reliant Arena on Saturday night.

“We knew that we had a mixture of veterans and young players,” Coach Thompson stated. “We knew that we had the players and we had the talent, it was just going to take a minute for us to gel.”


— Houston Texans players Chester Pitts and DeMarcus Faggins were at courtside cheering the Comets to victory against San Antonio.

— Comet forward Tina Thompson and other Olympians threw out the first pitch at the Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros game Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

— The Comets will play five of their first six games on the road during the month of July. They will play at Connecticut, Atlanta, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Minnesota.

— Houston will host the Sacramento Monarchs on Saturday, July 5th at 2 p.m. They will close out the month with a five-game homestand which features Minnesota, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Detroit, and Chicago.

— The Silver Stars lost their first home game this season at the hands of the Comets in overtime, 82-81.

— Houston is the only team to have beaten San Antonio three times this season.

— The Stars are now 0-4 in overtime games against the Comets in franchise history.

— The Houston Comets re-signed forward Latasha Byears. Byears had signed a training camp contract with the team back on March 11, but was waived from the roster on May 16, to take time to heal from a toe fracture on her right foot.

— Former Houston Comets player, Barbara Turner has given the Connecticut Sun an explosive option off the bench averaging 10.1 points per game. She will face off against her former team on July 1st.

— Indiana’s Tamika Catchings has been named the Inaugural Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award recipient. The award recognized the player who best exemplifies the characteristics of a leader in the community and reflects Staley’s leadership, spirit, charitable efforts and love for the game. The WNBA will make a $10,000 donation to a charity of Catchings’ choice.

— Detroit’s Deanna Nolan and Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi were named the WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week.