PHOENIX (AP) -- Nikki Teasley hit two baskets in the final 1:24
and the Washington Mystics rallied from a 17-point deficit on
Sunday night to beat the Phoenix Mercury 81-78.
Down 78-77 after Phoenix's Kelly Miller hit a 22-footer, Teasley
made an 18-foot jumper to give the Mystics (9-8) the lead.
Then after a miss by the Mercury's Diana Taurasi, Teasley hit a
driving layup with the shot clock winding down and 19 seconds left
on the game clock as Washington won for just the second time in the
last seven games.
"I'm just proud of the team for sticking together and pulling
it out," Teasley said.
Kamila Vodichkova also missed a 3 in the waning seconds of the
game for Phoenix (6-9).
Chasity Melvin scored 20 points, Crystal Robinson added 15 and
Nakia Sanford had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Mystics.
Cappie Pondexter scored 25 points to lead the Mercury and
Taurasi had 22 points but missed five of six shots in the final period,
including a 3-pointer with 1:01 left and her team trailing by one.
"It's a bad loss," Taurasi said. "There is nothing good about
Washington used a 10-0 run in the final period to take a 75-73
lead -- its first since midway through the first quarter. They
played without leading scorer Alana Beard (18.9 points), who
sprained her right ankle in Saturday's loss to Los Angeles.
Phoenix made six of eight 3-pointers in the first quarter to open a
30-16 lead after 10 minutes but closed to within six in the second
period and trailed 49-41 at the break.
"At halftime, I told them that (the Mercury) will not continue
to shoot that many threes at that pace," Mystics coach Richie
Adubato said. "They were making shots and they weren't even