Shock 68

(3-2, 1-2 away)

Mystics 92

(3-1, 3-0 home)

    4:00 PM ET, June 3, 2006

    1 2 3 4 T
    TUL 12 17 28 1168
    WSH 22 22 24 2492

    Top Performers

    Tulsa: S. Cash 15 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Washington: A. Beard 18 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl

    Mystics remain unbeaten at home with win vs. Shock

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- DeLisha Milton-Jones scored 21 points to lead five players in double figures and the Washington Mystics remained unbeaten at home with a 92-68 victory over the Detroit Shock on Saturday.

    "Five people in double figures -- that means you're really moving the ball, you're playing together and you're playing unselfish," Mystics coach Richie Adubato said. "When you do that, usually you get good shots."

    Alana Beard had 18 points, Chasity Melvin 13 and Nikki Teasley and Crystal Robinson 11 apiece for the Mystics (3-1), who have won three in a row at home.

    "We're sharing the ball and we're moving it," Milton-Jones said. "We're actually out there doing what Richie has designed for us to do. His plays are designed for the ball not to stay in one person's hand for more than three seconds. When we do that we're very successful."

    Swin Cash had 15 points and Deanna Nolan added 14 for Detroit (3-2).

    Shock forward Cheryl Ford, who averages 14.3 points and 11.5 rebounds, missed the game with a sprained left ankle.

    The game was delayed for 22 minutes in the third quarter because the scoreboard and clocks stopped working. Players kept loose by having an in-game shootaround. When the game resumed, officials kept the time on the floor and backup shot clocks were used. The system began working intermittently during the fourth quarter.

    Shock coach Bill Laimbeer said he will probably protest the game with WNBA officials.

    "It was one of those things where I couldn't understand what was going on," he said. "Who's to know [if] the integrity of the clock was any good because there was no referee handling the stopwatch? They wanted to play the game no matter what. ... I thought they should have called it. We didn't want to get anyone hurt at that point. Everyone was getting cold and to restart the thing after a 15- or 20-minute delay would have been kind of difficult.

    "I've never seen this situation happen before. I think it's an embarrassment to their staff here what happened. They couldn't get it fixed and that makes no sense. It's never happened before," he said.

    Including last season, the Mystics have won five in a row at home. Last season they lost their first three home games.

    The last time the Mystics had a 3-1 start was during the 2002 season, when they reached the Eastern Conference finals.

    Katie Smith's 3-pointer, her first field goal of the game, pulled Detroit to 66-54 with two minutes remaining in the third quarter. She finished with 10 points on 2-for-8 shooting.

    Washington shot 9-for-17 on 3-pointers and Detroit shot 4-for-17 from behind the arc.

    "I think our outside shooting right now is in the tank," Laimbeer said. "Our guards are not shooting the ball very well. Professional basketball is about guards and they have to make shots."

    Laimbeer pulled all of his starters with six minutes remaining.

    "Washington came out hungrier, played harder and just took it at us," Detroit's Katie Smith said. "They kind of picked us apart."

    Teasley and Beard scored seven points apiece and the Mystics led 22-12 after one quarter. The Shock, who never led, shot 10.5 percent (2-for-19) in the period.

    Shock center Ruth Riley had two fouls early and played only 2:10 of the first quarter. She was held scoreless until midway through the third. She finished with two points.

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    Team Stat Comparison

      Tulsa Washington
    Points 68 92
    FG Made-Attempted 20-67 (.000) 30-57 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-17 (.235) 9-17 (.529)
    FT Made-Attempted 24-27 (.000) 23-30 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-24 8-36
    Assists 11 19
    Turnovers 19 23
    Steals 7 8
    Blocks 2 0
    Fast Break Points 6 13
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 27 (0/0)