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.
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.
· 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.
Brown tied her career high with 11 assists, Lisa Leslie had 22 points and 10 rebounds, DeLisha Milton-Jones scored 20 points and Marie Ferdinand-Harris added a season-high 19 for the Sparks (6-2), who have won four of five.
Lindsay Whalen had 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals to lead the Sun (8-2), whose five-game winning streak ended.
· FEVER 76, DREAM 67: Tan White scored a season-high 21 points and Indiana held off host Atlanta's late comeback attempt.
The expansion Dream (0-9) owns the third-longest winless streak to open a WNBA season. The Houston Comets lost their first 10 games in 2007, and the Detroit Shock started 0-13 in 2002.
The Dream's 24 turnovers led to 21 points for Indiana.
Ivory Latta made buzzer-beating shots at the end of each of the first two periods for the Dream, each requiring a video review by the officials.
· SILVER STARS 74, STORM 69: Becky Hammon scored 17 points, including an uncontested layup with 1:12 left, and San Antonio rallied from a 12-point deficit to beat visiting Seattle. Sue Bird led the Storm with 21 points.