The Charlotte Sting made sure Chamique Holdsclaw wouldn't do any damage.

The WNBA's leading scorer at 21.3 points per game, Holdsclaw scored just six points on 3-for-13 shooting as the Eastern Conference-leading Sting held off the Washington Mystics, 67-65, yesterday in Charlotte.

It was Holdsclaw's lowest point total since she scored three points against the Portland Fire on June 28, 2002. The Sting guarded her with several players.

"Every time I moved, somebody was there," Holdsclaw said. "I'm glad that my team fought back and we made some plays down the stretch. Unfortunately we fell short."

Allison Feaster led Charlotte with 20 points. Tynesha Lewis added 11 points to help the Sting win its third straight game. Charlotte Smith-Taylor and Andrea Stinson each scored 10 points.

"I feel that our overall team defense was the biggest key in our win tonight," Feaster said. "We pride ourselves in playing good defense, and tonight was no exception. Holding Holdsclaw to six points speaks volumes."

Washington (8-9) pulled within two with 6.1 seconds left on Alana Beard's layup, but Charlotte's Tammy Sutton-Brown blocked Stacey Dales-Schuman's jumper at the buzzer to seal the game.

"We didn't play well in the first half, and the matchup zone that they played made us tentative," Washington Coach Michael Adams said. "We should have been more aggressive with taking the ball to the hole and we didn't do that."

Chasity Melvin had 22 points and seven rebounds for the Mystics, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Washington trailed by 17 points in the first half but slowly fought back and went into halftime trailing 35-30.

The Mystics took the lead early in the second half on Nakia Sanford's free throw, but Charlotte responded with an 11-0 run, capped by a free throw by Smith-Taylor with 10:59 remaining.

Charlotte, which began the season 2-5, has won three straight games and sits atop the Eastern Conference standings at 10-7.

* SHOCK 70, STORM 65: Deanna Nolan scored 21 points and held Seattle's Betty Lennox scoreless to lead host Detroit.

"This kid can shut people down and she's unbelievable," Detroit Coach Bill Laimbeer said. "You can't go by her and you don't get open shots. All you've got to do is look at Betty Lennox's doughnut."

Lennox entered the game averaging 12.6 points.

Swin Cash had 18 points and nine rebounds, Cheryl Ford had 12 points and eight rebounds and Ruth Riley added 10 points as the Shock won its second straight.

Sue Bird had 21 points and Lauren Jackson added 18 points for the Storm.

* SPARKS 59, COMETS 56: Mwadi Mabika scored 15 of her 17 points in the second half as visiting Los Angeles rallied to win Michael Cooper's final game as Sparks coach. Cooper announced earlier this week that he would step down to become an assistant for the NBA's Denver Nuggets. He finished with a 128-31 career record and back-to-back WNBA titles in 2001-02.

Lisa Leslie had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles, which won its sixth straight.