- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 26, 2003

From combined dispatches

Shock 68, Mystics 60

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Ayana Walker had 14 points and 11 rebounds as Detroit finished the best regular season in team history with a victory over Washington last night.

Detroit (25-9) had already clinched the league’s best record and left most of the usual starting lineup on the bench. Ruth Riley played just 11 minutes, while Swin Cash, Deanna Nolan and Elaine Powell never got off the bench. Cheryl Ford (back) was placed on the injured list before the game, but will be eligible to return for the first playoff game.

Washington All-Star Chamique Holdsclaw left the game with 4:07 to play after spraining her left medial collateral ligament in a collision with Detroit’s Barb Farris. Holdsclaw was carried to the locker room by teammate Nakia Sanford and did not return.

Farris and Sheila Lambert added 12 points each for Detroit. Coco Miller had 15 points for Washington (9-25) in its season finale, while Holdsclaw had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Washington led by 11 points in the first half, but Detroit went on a 16-4 run that spanned both halves.

The game stayed close throughout the second half, and the Shock led 60-57 until Asjha Jones hit a tying 3-pointer with 1:57 to play.

Astou Ndiaye-Diatta’s jumper put the Shock back ahead and Murriel Page missed a short jumper with a minute to play. Lambert put the game away with four free throws in the final 45 seconds.

Rockers 75, Sting 66

CLEVELAND — Chasity Melvin scored a season-high 22 points to lead Cleveland into the playoffs with a victory over Charlotte.

Tammy Sutton-Brown scored 13 points to lead Charlotte (18-16) despite being in foul trouble the entire second half.

Sutton-Brown went to the bench with her fourth foul 55 seconds after halftime as Penny Taylor converted a three-point play to put Cleveland ahead 38-30.

Sun 72, Fever 62

INDIANAPOLIS — A change of scenery was all the Connecticut players needed to make the playoffs.

Taj McWilliams-Franklin scored 17 points as the Sun clinched their first playoff berth with a 72-62 win over Indiana.

The Sun (18-16) never made the playoffs in five seasons as the Orlando Miracle. Now they’re the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference and will play No. 2 Charlotte. Top-seeded Detroit will play Cleveland.

Nykesha Sales scored 14 points, Shannon Johnson had 12 and Brooke Wyckoff 11 for the Sun.

Sparks 67, Comets 64

LOS ANGELES — Tamecka Dixon and Mwadi Mabaki both scored 19 points as Los Angeles defeated Houston in a game featuring the two best teams in the Western Conference.

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