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by: Kris Gardner, United States Basketball Writers Association member. Credentialed media member since 1997. USBWA approved online journalist. Voter of Lowe's Senior CLASS, Naismith, USBWA, and Wooden awards.

by: Peg Turrentine, freelance writer for the Houston Stealth

Stealth beats Spirit, 100-73

March 7, 2004
From the tip-off at 7 PM Saturday until the final buzzer around 5 PM Sunday, the Houston Stealth was on a roll, setting NWBL records for points scored and back-to-back 100 point games not to mention doing all of this in 22 hours.

The Houston Stealth (10 - 5) crushed the Spirit of Springfield (4 – 12) by a score of 100 – 73 in their second 100 point game in less than 24 hours, setting an NWBL record (or three).

The game got off to a rocky beginning, with both teams showing the fatigue of tight scheduling late in the season. This was the Spirit’s 3rd game in 4 nights, and the Stealth’s 2nd game completed in less than 24 hours.

Shooting 50% from both the field and long range, the Stealth held a 45 – 30 lead at halftime in part by keeping the Spirit to just 29% from the field.

Again Tina Thompson outscored her minutes with 25 points in 24 minutes on the court. All but one Stealth player who took the court tonight captured at least one board and every one of them scored, with 4 in double figures. Kym Hope put in 13 points, followed closely by Cynthia Cooper (12 pts, 6 assists), and Alicia Thompson (10) who also led the Stealth in rebounds with 6. Kelley Gibson assisted all the other scorers 7 times in the winning team effort.

The Spirit had spirit tonight out-rebounding the Stealth 44 – 35, and 4 players in double figures with Rita Williams leading her pack with 17. All of Rita’s points were scored either beyond the arc or at the charity stripe as she went 5 for 9 from downtown. Tiffany Kyser (16) followed closely, scoring in the more customary fashion with 5 of 10 from the field and 6 of 7 from the stripe to go with her 8 boards. If anyone was looking for Andrea Garner, she could be found under the basket, leading the rebounding with 9 boards in addition to her 11 points and all of her team’s 3 blocks. Cindy Blodgett contributed 10, and Brianne Stepherson led the team in assists with 4.

What a game (or two)!

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