- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 5, 2009

SKY 92, MYSTICS 86: Sylvia Fowles scored 13 points, and Jia Perkins and Dominique Canty had 12 each to help the Chicago Sky beat the Washington Mystics 92-86 on Friday night for their franchise-record 15th victory.

At 15-16 with three regular-season games left, the Sky and Mystics are tied for the fourth and final Eastern Conference playoff berth.

Matee Ajavon led Washington with 32 points, and Crystal Langhorne had 23.

Langhorne’s long jumper gave the Mystics an 85-84 lead with 38 seconds left, but Perkins scored off a rebound, and Tamera Young added two free throws in a six-second span to give Chicago a three-point lead.

SUN 88, LIBERTY 85 (OT): Amber Holt scored 11 of her 18 points in the fourth quarter and overtime as host Connecticut kept its playoffs hopes alive with a victory over New York in Uncasville, Conn.

The loss eliminated the Liberty from playoff contention.

Anete Jekabsone-Zogota tied her career high with 23 points; she also had seven rebounds and four assists. Holt added six rebounds and five assists, and Lindsay Whalen had 16 points, seven assists and five rebounds.

SHOCK 70, FEVER 63 (OT): Deanna Nolan scored 22 points, Shavonte Zellous added 16 and Detroit moved a step closer to the Eastern Conference playoffs with a home overtime victory over Indiana in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Detroit, looking for a fourth straight conference title, reached .500 for the first time since starting the season 1-1. Indiana lost its third straight and missed a chance to clinch the East’s top seed.

Tamika Catchings had 14 points and 13 rebounds for Indiana.

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