- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 24, 2007

4:17 p.m.

NEW YORK (AP) — Erin Thorn and Shameka Christon scored 17 points apiece, and Cathrine Kraayeveld added 16 to lead the New York Liberty to an 81-76 victory over the Washington Mystics in a Thursday matinee.

Barbara Farris scored 11 points, and Thorn also had eight rebounds for New York, which scored the final six points — all from the free-throw line — to improve to 2-0 for the first time since 1999, one game after tying a franchise record with 13 3-pointers, New York had 10 against the Mystics.

Alana Beard scored 23 points, and DeLisha Milton-Jones had 14 points and eight rebounds for Washington (0-3).

The Mystics opened the season with three losses for the first time since their inaugural 1998 season.

Chasity Melvin’s putback gave the Mystics a 76-75 lead with 1:43 to go, but Washington was held scoreless the rest of the way.

After the game, Washington traded Melvin to the Chicago Sky for forward Monique Currie, a former Duke teammate of Beard’s.

Currie, the first pick of the dispersal draft after the Charlotte team folded, is averaging 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds this season.

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