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Mystics' First Road Win of Year Snaps Five-Game Skid

Indiana Fever center Tammy Sutton-Brown lays up a shot, passing Atlanta guard Tamera Young, left, and center Katie Feenstra.
Indiana Fever center Tammy Sutton-Brown lays up a shot, passing Atlanta guard Tamera Young, left, and center Katie Feenstra. (By Stanley Leary -- Associated Press)
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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Alana Beard scored 13 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter, and the Washington Mystics snapped a five-game losing streak with a win over host Chicago.

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The Mystics (3-7) earned their first road victory of the season and won for the first time since May 27.

"I feel like it's my job to hit big shots," Beard said. "It's been 16 days since a win. It feels really good and takes a lot of stress off me in particular."

Taj McWilliams-Franklin scored 14, and Beard added three assists and five rebounds. The Mystics shot 53 percent from the field (27 of 51) and overcame 22 turnovers, including eight by Beard.

Chicago (3-5) lost its second straight and fourth in six games. Jia Perkins led the Sky with 17 points. Candice Dupree added 11, and Chasity Melvin had 10.

The Sky dropped its fourth straight to the Mystics and is 1-7 against Washington. Chicago shot 38 percent (20 of 52) and struggled at the free throw line, making only 16 of 29.

"It's one thing if one person is missing all their free throws, but for the entire team to miss is killing us," said Dupree, who had four steals.

Beard was hot in the final two minutes, going 3 for 3 overall and 2 for 2 from behind the arc, including a buzzer-beating shot.

"Alana had been pressing the whole game," Mystics Coach Tree Rollins said. "She was able to sort it out, in the fourth quarter especially. She found that [three-point] line, and she was the great player that we know Alana is. She got us the win."

After trailing by five, Washington used a 17-5 run to take a 50-43 lead with just under nine minutes left. The Sky scored seven straight points to get even at 50 with 6 minutes 41 seconds remaining.

ยท SPARKS 98, SUN 93: Sidney Spencer sank a three-pointer with 1:18 left in overtime and Kiesha Brown added four free throws and a steal in the closing seconds to give Los Angeles Sparks a victory at home over Connecticut.


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