- The Washington Times - Friday, June 24, 2005

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Rookie Temeka Johnson scored 15 points and DeLisha Milton-Jones added 13 for the Washington Mystics, who defeated the slumping Detroit Shock 69-55 last night.

The Mystics won their third in a row and ended a three-game road losing streak.

Detroit, with coach Bill Laimbeer a candidate for the New York Knicks job, is 1-5 since starting the season with four straight wins. Olympian Swin Cash has not played this season because of a knee injury.

Chasity Melvin scored 12 points and Coco Miller had 10 for Washington, while Charlotte Smith-Taylor added nine.

Deanna Nolan led all scorers with 16 points, but no other Detroit player reached double figures.

Detroit trailed by as many as 17 in the first half and still trailed 39-28 at the intermission. Washington forced eight turnovers and blocked two shots in the half.

The Mystics missed eight of their first 10 shots in the second half, but Detroit wasn’t able to get closer than five points.

Chandi Jones’ 3-pointer made it 52-48, but two Washington baskets moved the advantage back to eight with five minutes to go, and Detroit never seriously threatened again.

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