Sting Uses Late Run to Top Mystics

Tammy Sutton-Brown
Charlotte's Tammy Sutton-Brown has her way with the Mystics' defense, scoring 16 points in the Sting's 73-63 victory. (Rick Havner - AP)

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Friday, May 26, 2006

CHARLOTTE, May 25 -- Tammy Sutton-Brown scored 16 points and Monique Currie added 13 as the Charlotte Sting beat the Washington Mystics, 73-63, Thursday night.

Currie, a Washington area native and the third overall pick in April's WNBA draft, made a three-pointer from the right wing to put the Sting ahead 67-61 with two minutes left. She made 4 of 8 shots, all four of her free throws and outplayed her former Duke teammate, Alana Beard, who had 11 points for the Mystics before fouling out with 4 minutes 44 seconds left.

The Sting (1-2) closed the game with a 13-4 run to overcome 35 percent shooting and 20 turnovers.

Nakia Sanford, who scored 10 points, was the only other player in double figures for the Mystics (1-1), who committed eight of their 27 turnovers in the final quarter.

Washington was called for 35 fouls, 14 more than Charlotte.

""It's very hard to win a game when you have 16 assists and 27 turnovers," said Washington Coach Richie Adubato, who picked up a technical foul arguing a call in the third quarter.

The Sting took the lead for good on Sheri Sam's two free throws moments after Beard, who had 25 points on 11-of-12 shooting in Tuesday's win over New York, picked up her fifth foul.

The Mystics, trying to go 2-0 for the first time in their history, opened the game with a 13-1 run. Washington led by four at halftime but the Sting scored the first nine points of the third quarter, taking a 41-36 lead on Sutton-Brown's put-back with 5:38 left.

· SPARKS 80, SILVER STARS 71: In San Antonio, Lisa Leslie had 25 points and 16 rebounds to lead Los Angeles.

Playing without six-time all-star Chamique Holdsclaw, the Sparks (2-1) started the year by winning at least two of their first three for the eighth straight season.

Kendra Wecker, who missed most of her rookie season a year ago because of injury, scored a career-high 16 points for the Silver Stars (1-2).

· COMETS 81, MONARCHS 66: Sheryl Swoopes scored 22 points and Tina Thompson added 19 for visiting Houston (2-1), which never trailed.

Sacramento (2-1) was 15-2 a year ago at Arco Arena.

· STORM 94, MERCURY 81: Lauren Jackson scored a career-high 35 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Seattle to victory in Phoenix.

The Storm (2-1) held Phoenix (0-2) to 35 percent shooting (26 of 75) while outscoring the Mercury 54-18 inside.

Diana Taurasi scored 28 points and rookie Cappie Pondexter added 21 for the Mercury.

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