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Sanford helps Mystics stay above water against Sky

CHICAGO (AP) -- Nakia Sanford scored 20 points and grabbed eight
rebounds to help the Mystics beat the Chicago Sky 83-75 on Sunday
night.

Chasity Melvin added 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Mystics
and Nikki Teasley had 12 points and nine assists. Washington
(11-10) won for just the third time in 11 road games.

"Both of them (Sanford and Melvin) did a great job on the
offensive boards," Mystics head coach Richie Adubato said. "Both
of them are very excellent offensive rebounders."

Stacey Dales scored 15 points and Jia Perkins added 12 points
and four steals for Chicago (3-17). The Sky dropped their third
straight game.

Trailing 61-60 with 6:51 left, the Mystics used a 15-4 run to
take a commanding 75-65 lead.

Down by 14 with under 2 minutes to play in the third quarter,
the Sky went on a 7-0 run -- capped by a Perkins steal and layup --
to reduce Washington's lead to 56-49 to end the period.

Chicago opened the fourth with a 12-4 run to take the 61-60
advantage.

Washington dominated the first quarter, shooting 53.3 percent
from the field and hitting seven of its nine free-throw attempts to
take a 24-11 lead into the second quarter.

Chicago hit on only five of its 15 field-goal attempts and
missed four of five free throws in the period.

"If it's not one thing, it's another," Sky head coach Dave
Cowens said, pointing to his team's 15-of-26 free throws for the
game. "Free throws killed us tonight."