Mystics 81

(9-8, 2-7 away)

Mercury 78

(6-9, 5-4 home)

    9:00 PM ET, July 2, 2006

    1 2 3 4 T
    WSH 16 25 22 1881
    PHX 30 19 15 1478

    Top Performers

    Washington: C. Melvin 20 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Phoenix: C. Pondexter 25 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast

    Mystics erase 17-point deficit to beat Mercury

    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 this."

    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 looking."

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    Team Stat Comparison

      Washington Phoenix
    Points 81 78
    FG Made-Attempted 28-67 (.000) 30-72 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-15 (.133) 13-28 (.464)
    FT Made-Attempted 23-26 (.000) 5-7 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-41 9-25
    Assists 15 18
    Turnovers 11 13
    Steals 6 5
    Blocks 3 5
    Fast Break Points 8 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 21 (0/0)