The Washington Times - July 31, 2009, 02:06PM

The Mystics jumped out to a huge lead with a 34-12 first-quarter advantage, and even though they hung on to win only by three, the bottom line is that they made the plays in the fourth quarter necessary to win. That hasn’t always been the case this year.

Nakia Sanford had her best game of the season with 16 points and Monique Currie scored in double figures for the third straight game. This is a good sign for Washington since depth is their best chance at sustaining their success and making the playoffs (all 11 players saw time Thursday night).

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At this point, the Mystics know what they are going to get out of Alana Beard, Lindsey Harding and Crystal Langhorne, and need a few more players to become reliable every game. Looks like Currie is stepping up.

Also of note is that the Mystics ended a five-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden last night and are now in second place thanks to Connecticut’s loss to Indiana.

“It was huge for us; we’re now in second place,” said Beard, who had 28 points. “It feels really good, we have more wins now than we did last year, and probably the last two years combined. It feels really good just to win and to win how we did tonight, with everyone pitching in and everyone having a good game.”