Mistie Williams had 13 points and nine rebounds for Houston (16-17), which won its second straight after dropping its previous five. Reneeka Hodges and Tamecka Dixon each added 12 points for the Comets, who improved to 4-13 on the road.
Houston will play its season-finale Monday against Sacramento at Texas State University’s Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos, Texas. The game was postponed Friday because of Hurricane Ike.
“We’ve been through a lot this season,” Comets coach Karleen Thompson said. “Just with the hurricane and everything happening and games are up in the air. I’m proud of them just to stay focused and keep their minds on the game plan. We wanted to put everything behind us and just come play basketball.”
“We can look at this game as everything that we need to work on,” Sky coach Steven Key said. “Intensity on defense, or focus on offense and defense. There are just so many things that characterize the team that we have now that we need to change for next season.”
After Perkins hit her fourth jumper of the quarter to cut Houston’s lead to one, Shannon Johnson responded with a 3-pointer that just beat the shot clock to give the Comets a 77-73 lead with 13.8 seconds left.
Dupree hit her first 3-pointer of the season with 3.1 seconds left to close the gap to one. But Thompson sank a pair of free throws with 2.4 seconds left.
The Comets used a 8-2 run to take a 72-69 lead with 1:40 remaining. Houston took a 64-61 lead after an 8-3 spurt, but Chicago responded with six straight points to take a three-point lead with 3:14 left in the fourth quarter.
Chicago rookie center Sylvia Fowles left the game early in the third quarter after getting elbowed in the neck. Fowles finished with eight points and six rebounds.