"We didn't get the defensive rebounds when we needed to," Adams said. "They got some offensive rebounds and that was the key. . . . We didn't go inside enough in the second half."
Bethany Donaphin scored 10 points for New York, which opens the best-of-three first round on the road against third seed and defending champion Detroit on Friday night.
The Mystics' Alana Beard scores 23 points in Washington's 79-75 loss to New York.
(Tina Fineberg - AP)
SUN 80, FEVER 60: Reserve Asjha Jones scored a season-high 16 points, and Connecticut clinched the regular season Eastern Conference title for the first time in its six-year history with a victory in Uncasville, Conn.
Jones made all eight of her free throws and helped lead the Sun's reserves, who combined for 41 points.
SHOCK 68, STING 64: Cheryl Ford and Barbara Farris each scored 15 points to help Detroit, at home, clinch the third seed in the East. The Shock will play New York in the first round of the playoffs.
"I don't really care who we play," Coach Bill Laimbeer said, "because we are going to win the Eastern Conference."
The Shock led 27-23 at halftime despite hitting only five of its first 21 shots.
MERCURY 78, COMETS 46: Plenette Pierson and Anna DeForge each scored 24 points to lead host Phoenix in the season finale for both teams.
Tina Thompson had 17 for Houston (13-21), which wrapped up its worst season ever and missed the playoffs for the first time.
MONARCHS 72, LYNX 63: Yolanda Griffith had 18 points and seven rebounds to lift Sacramento at home.
The Monarchs finished 18-16 and own the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoffs. They'll take a three-game winning streak into Los Angeles on Friday.