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Monday, July 3, 2006

Nikki Teasley hit two baskets in the final 1 minute 24 seconds and the visiting Washington Mystics rallied from a 17-point deficit last night to beat the Phoenix Mercury, 81-78.

Down 78-77 after Phoenix's Kelly Miller hit a 22-footer, Teasley made an 18-foot jumper to give the Mystics the lead.

Then after a miss by the Mercury's Diana Taurasi, Teasley drove for a layup with the shot clock winding down and 19 seconds left on the clock as Washington won for just the second time in the last seven games.

Kamila Vodichkova also missed a three-pointer in the waning seconds of the game for Phoenix (6-9).

Chasity Melvin scored 20 points, Crystal Robinson added 15 and Nakia Sanford had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Mystics.

Cappie Pondexter scored 25 points to lead the Mercury and Taurasi had 22 points but missed 5 of 6 shots in the final period, including a three-pointer with 1:01 left and her team trailing by one.

Washington used a 10-0 run in the final period to take a 75-73 lead -- its first since midway through the first quarter. The Mystics played without their leading scorer, Alana Beard (18.9 points), who sprained her right ankle in Saturday's loss to Los Angeles.

Phoenix made 6 of 8 three-pointers in the first quarter to open a 30-16 lead after 10 minutes but the Mystics closed to within six in the second period and trailed 49-41 at the break.

? COMETS 77, MONARCHS: Sheryl Swoopes and Michelle Snow each scored 14 points to lead a balanced scoring attack for host Houston.

Tina Thompson and Dawn Staley added 12 and 11 points, respectively, as the Comets won their ninth straight at home.

Yolanda Griffith, who made just one of her first nine shots, led the Monarchs with 14 points, while Erin Buescher added 12 points on 5-for-10 shooting. Sacramento fell to 0-3 against Houston this season.

Sacramento's Scholanda Dorrell hit a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 37-25 with 37 seconds left in the first half, but a three-pointer by Staley lifted Houston to a 15-point lead at halftime.

Houston opened the second half with a 12-1 run to put the game out of reach after Thompson and Staley hit back-to-back three-pointers.

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