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Holdsclaw Adds to Mystics' Road Woes

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Sunday, July 2, 2006

Chamique Holdsclaw scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Mwadi Mabika added 19 points as the Los Angeles Sparks held off a fourth-quarter rally to defeat the Washington Mystics, 80-75, last night in Los Angeles.

Nakia Sanford had 16 points and nine rebounds and Chasity Melvin scored 15 and also grabbed nine boards for the Mystics (8-8), who suffered their third straight loss overall and fourth consecutive road defeat. Lisa Leslie and Temeka Johnson each added 10 points for Los Angeles (13-4), which notched its 10th win in 11 games.

The Sparks held Washington to two field goals in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and built a 75-60 lead via a 15-2 run capped by back-to-back baskets by Holdsclaw with 3 minutes 40 seconds left.

Niki Teasley scored 11 points and Coco Miller 10 for Washington.

A pair of baskets by Crystal Robinson keyed an 8-0 run by the Mystics to open the third quarter, and Washington cut the Sparks' lead to 43-42 on a jump shot by Miller.

But never relinquished the lead in the quarter. Mabika scored 11 points in the quarter, including a three-pointer with five seconds left, to give the Sparks a 62-53 lead heading to the fourth.

Washington's Alana Beard sprained her right ankle in the second quarter and did not return in the second half.

? SUN 76, FEVER 66: Katie Douglas scored 22 points to lead five Connecticut players in double figures as the visiting Sun defeated Indiana in a contest for first place in the Eastern Conference.

The Sun (12-5) took the lead for good as Indiana (12-6) went scoreless for more than four minutes in the third period.

? MONARCHS 65, STING 57: Erin Buescher had 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds and Nicole Powell hit a key three-pointer in the final minute as Sacramento held off host Charlotte.

? SILVER STARS 69, SKY 57: Katie Feenstra had a season-high 16 points and added 11 rebounds to lead San Antonio past visiting Chicago.

? STORM 92, LYNX 75: Lauren Jackson had 25 points and Janell Burse added 24 as Seattle used a 19-0 second-half run to win at home.


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