Mystics Improve To 3-0 for First Time

Indiana's Yolanda Griffith, right, tore her Achilles' tendon Tuesday against Seattle and will miss the rest of the season.
Indiana's Yolanda Griffith, right, tore her Achilles' tendon Tuesday against Seattle and will miss the rest of the season. (By Darron Cummings -- Associated Press)
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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Alana Beard scored 15 points, Crystal Langhorne added 14 and the Washington Mystics improved to 3-0 for the first time in franchise history with a 75-69 victory over the Detroit Shock last night in Auburn Hills, Mich.

"It's the first time I've ever beaten Detroit," Langhorne said. "I know they are missing some players, but they are still the champs, so this is a big win."

Rookie Marissa Coleman added 13 points to help Washington win at the Palace of Auburn Hills for the first time since June 24, 2005.

Taj McWilliams and Katie Smith had 14 points each for the defending champion Shock (1-2).

The Shock led by 10 points early in the second quarter, but the Mystics finished the half with a 23-4 run to take a 38-27 lead.

Smith's long three-pointer pulled Detroit to 71-69 with 42 seconds remaining, but Lindsey Harding answered with a three-pointer to put the game away.

"They gambled and left Lindsey open, because she hadn't been hitting her shots," Washington Coach Julie Plank said. "She came through when we needed one."

The Shock were missing three key post players -- Cheryl Ford (knee), Plenette Pierson (shoulder) and Kara Braxton (suspension), and signed Kelly Schumacher in order to have nine healthy players.

-- LYNX 87, SPARKS 76: Seimone Augustus scored 30 points to help Minnesota beat visiting Los Angeles.

Candice Wiggins added 17 points for the Lynx (3-0).

Former Lynx player Betty Lennox led the Sparks (1-2) with 25 points.


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