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Enis helps Sting rally past Mystics

7/8/2003

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Both Charlotte's starting five and its bench spent the first eight minutes of Monday night's game with Washington standing around.

However, Shalonda Enis scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half to lead the Sting to a 62-56 win over the Mystics.

"We couldn't hit anything, nothing was falling" said Enis, who also claimed there were no complaints from the bench about the lack of offense. "We're not that type of team. We just encourage each other.

"We all knew it was going to fall eventually."

If anyone needed encouragement it was the Mystics (2-13), who dropped their 10th straight and didn't take a free-throw attempt in the game.

Coco Miller scored a season-high 20 to lead Washington, which can tie a franchise record for consecutive losses if it falls at home Wednesday night to Los Angeles.

Charlotte (11-6) went the first eight minutes without scoring before Dawn Staley hit a 3-pointer to make it 11-3.

Things could have been so much worse for the Sting, but the Mystics shot just 31 percent from the field during their opening run despite forcing 10 turnovers.

"We didn't take it to them as much when we had them down," Miller said. "We could have put the hammer down on them earlier, and we didn't take advantage of some of the opportunities that we had.

"You can't have those lapses, that's what has hurt us all year is those mental lapses. Our defense was really good in the first half, but unfortunately we weren't shooting very well."

Charlotte had its confidence back as it closed within 24-19 at halftime and took its first lead with a 14-3 run to open the second half.

Chamique Holdsclaw, who finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds, hit a transition jumper to give Washington its last lead at 47-46 with 6:43 to play.