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Lisa Leslie had just picked up her third foul nine minutes into the first half, and new Los Angeles Sparks coach Henry Bibby reluctantly went to a zone defense.
It turned out to be the perfect move.
Leslie stayed in the game and out of more foul trouble, scoring 23 points as the Sparks held the Seattle Storm to their worst shooting performance in team history in a 68-50 win on Saturday.
Former television executive Sheila Johnson became the WNBA's first black female owner Tuesday when she joined a group that purchased the Washington Mystics.
Johnson, co-founder of Black Entertainment Television, became a part-owner of Lincoln Holdings LLC, which purchased the Mystics from Abe Pollin's Washington Sports & Entertainment. Lincoln Holdings, founded by AOL executive Ted Leonsis, owns the NHL's Washington Capitals and is a 45-percent partner in the NBA's Washington Wizards and MCI Center, which Pollin also owns.