Holdsclaw Adds to Mystics' Road Woes

Associated Press
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.

© 2006 The Washington Post Company