- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 15, 2006

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Alana Beard thought back to the third quarter and broke into a wide smile.

“I’ve never seen us dominate like that and the domination came at the defensive end,” Beard said after scoring 15 points last night as the Washington Mystics beat the Charlotte Sting 96-77 for their first road win. “We got stop after stop and they turned into easy scores for us on the offensive end.”

Washington scored 35 points in the third quarter, making 13 of 20 shots and limiting the Sting to 17 points. The Mystics broke the WNBA record for points in a quarter (33) that was tied by Washington in its home win over Charlotte on Tuesday. This is the first season the league is using a four-quarter format.

Beard’s 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter made it 78-59. The Mystics, who shot 50 percent, led by as many as 24 points after that.

Nikki Teasley had 17 points for the Mystics (6-3), who were 0-3 away from Verizon Center and coming off an 87-70 victory over the Sting at home Tuesday.

“We’re happy to break through and hopefully we’ll have more confidence when we go on the road,” Mystics coach Richie Adubato said.

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