- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 23, 2004

From combined dispatches

Mystics 78, Shock 72

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Detroit might be the defending WNBA champs, but it hasn’t earned them much respect from Washington.

Chamique Holdsclaw scored 27 points and Stacey Dales-Schuman made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 48.6 seconds left last night to help the Mystics win in Detroit for the second time this month.

“We needed this game after a bad loss in Connecticut,” Washington coach Michael Adams said. “We bring our “A” game to this building, that’s for sure.”

The Shock, whose five-game winning streak was snapped, played without All-Star forward Cheryl Ford. She was in Louisiana for her grandfather’s funeral. Detroit also was missing Ford’s backup, Barb Farris (shoulder), but Holdsclaw didn’t think that made the difference.

“We beat them here when they had both of those players, don’t forget,” said Holdsclaw, who went 13-for-14 from the line. “It just helped us get the ball inside.”

Former Shock draft pick, reserve Tamicha Jackson, added 16 points. Dales-Schuman had 14.

Swin Cash led Detroit with 23 points and Ruth Riley scored 19.

Washington led by 11 points at halftime, but the Shock used a 14-4 run to narrow the deficit to 56-54 with 11:08 remaining. Riley had six points in the run and Cash four.

Merlakia Jones’ jumper tied the game at 58 with 8:49 to go, but Detroit was unable to pull ahead.

Washington held Detroit to four points in a six-minute stretch, allowing the Mystics to stretch the margin to 67-63. But Riley hit the first 3-pointer of her career and Deanna Nolan split a pair of free throws to tie the game at 67 with 1:08 left.

Dales-Schuman, though, hit a shot from the top of the key, Nolan missed and the Mystics put the game away from the line.

Sun 63 Fever 58

INDIANAPOLIS — Taj McWilliams-Franklin had 18 points and a season-high 14 rebounds, leading Connecticut past Indiana. Her rebound total was just one short of the franchise record and was the most this season by a Connecticut player.

Sparks 65, Liberty 49

NEW YORK — Lisa Leslie had 18 points, nine rebounds and five blocks, and Los Angeles handed New York its fifth straight loss. DeLisha Milton-Jones had 15 points and Laura Macchi added 10 to help Los Angeles win for the fifth time in six games.

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