- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 10, 2008

From combined dispatches

CHICAGO | Jia Perkins scored 17 points, and the Chicago Sky snapped a three-game losing streak with a 78-59 win over the Washington Mystics on Tuesday night.

Candice Dupree had 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for Chicago (12-20), which was eliminated from postseason contention after losing 69-61 in New York on Sunday. Armintie Price scored 14, and rookie Sylvia Fowles added 11 for the Sky.

Rookie Tasha Humphrey had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Mystics (10-21), who lost their sixth straight. Monique Currie scored 13 as Chicago outscored Washington 28-7 in the fourth quarter. The Mystics have been outscored in the fourth quarter of their last eight games.

The Sky opened the fourth quarter with 13 straight points to take a 63-52 lead with 6:07 remaining. Chicago finished the game on a 15-5 run.

The Sky used a 9-2 run to cut Washington’s lead to 49-48 with 2:01 left in the third quarter. Currie’s 3-pointer two minutes into the third gave Washington a 40-32 lead.

SHOCK 89, MERCURY 78: Deanna Nolan scored 18 points, and Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 14 points and eight rebounds to help Detroit beat Phoenix in Auburn Hills, Mich., in a rematch of last year’s WNBA Finals.

LYNX 86, FEVER 76: In Minneapolis, Minnesota star Seimone Augustus left Minnesota’s victory over Indiana after suffering a head injury in the first quarter.

Augustus was hurt when she fell midway through the period after going up for a rebound and left the game in a wheelchair wearing a neck brace.

SILVER STARS 82, LIBERTY 76: In New York, former Liberty star Becky Hammon scored 23 of her season-high 30 points in the second half to lead San Antonio.

COMETS 75, SUN 68: In Houston, Tina Thompson scored 21 points and helped keep the Comets’ slim playoff hopes alive with a win over Connecticut.

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