Coco Miller's spectacular assist on Chasity Melvin's basket was one of the few first-half highlights for the Washington Mystics in their 62-57 loss to the Sacramento Monarchs yesterday at MCI Center.

It was late in the half on a fast break. Miller was streaking down the lane with a defender shadowing her. As the pass came, she didn't catch it but instead flicked the ball behind her to Melvin, who was trailing the play. The defender continued to follow Miller, leaving Melvin with an easy layup.

Miller's unselfish play was only part of her contributions. Miller finished with 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting and was the only player other than Alana Beard to score in double figures for the Mystics. She also had three assists and two steals.

"She was great," Mystics Coach Richie Adubato said. "She's been giving us tremendous energy coming off the bench, sharing the ball well and shooting well."

Veteran Brown Is Released

The Mystics released guard Keisha Brown on Thursday. Brown, who spent three seasons with Washington, played just 14 minutes in two games this season.

"Mostly it was a situation where she was not going to get enough minutes," General Manager Linda Hargrove said.

The team has no plans at this time to bring in another player.

Locals Doing Well by Being Good

Two Sacramento Monarchs with local ties -- Kara Lawson (West Springfield) and Rebekkah Brunson (Oxon Hill, Georgetown) -- played yesterday. Lawson finished with eight points; Brunson had two points and two rebounds.