Final

Mystics 83

(11-10, 3-8 away)

Sky 75

(3-17, 2-9 home)

    7:00 PM ET, July 16, 2006

    1 2 3 4 T
    WSH 24 21 11 2783
    CHI 11 23 15 2675

    Top Performers

    Washington: N. Sanford 20 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Chicago: S. Lovelace 14 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    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."

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    Team Stat Comparison

      Washington Chicago
    Points 83 75
    FG Made-Attempted 29-58 (.000) 26-63 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-15 (.333) 8-16 (.500)
    FT Made-Attempted 20-26 (.000) 15-26 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-35 12-28
    Assists 16 14
    Turnovers 17 13
    Steals 11 12
    Blocks 3 3
    Fast Break Points 8 9
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 18 (1/0)