- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 28, 2001


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Chamique Holdsclaw scored on a layup with 4.2 seconds remaining to lead the Washington Mystics to a 62-60 victory over the Minnesota Lynx last night.

The Mystics, who squandered a 12-point lead in the final 6:26 in a loss to Charlotte on Thursday, lost a 19-point, first-half lead against the Lynx but rallied to gain the victory.

Holdsclaw had 22 points and 12 rebounds for Washington (7-16), which won for the second time in nine games. Minnesota's Erin Buescher missed a long 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Katie Smith scored 22 points for Minnesota (7-15), which has lost 10 of its last 12 games.

Smith hit a 3-pointer with 12:30 remaining to give the Lynx a 43-42 lead.

Washington's Nikki McCray scored on a driving layup with 9:03 left to give the Mystics a 46-45 lead.

Washington led by as many as five points before Smith hit two free throws with 2:13 left to tie the game at 56-56.

The teams traded baskets twice before the final sequence.

McCray hit consecutive 3-pointers to key a 20-4 run that gave the Mystics their biggest lead of the first half at 29-10. Washington led 36-24 at halftime.

Smith became the 14th player in WNBA history to score 1,500 points and the second fastest to reach the milestone.

Smith, who has 1,512 career points, reached the total in 84 games. Former Houston Comets guard and current Phoenix coach Cynthia Cooper scored 1,500 points in 66 games.

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