Sky 74

(3-22, 1-12 away)

Mystics 92

(13-13, 9-4 home)

    7:00 PM ET, July 27, 2006

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHI 17 20 23 1474
    WSH 27 22 18 2592

    Top Performers

    Chicago: B. Ngoyisa 18 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Washington: A. Beard 26 Pts, 6 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Mystics snap skid, hand reeling Sky eighth straight loss

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alana Beard scored 26 points to help the Washington Mystics snap a two-game losing streak with a 92-74 victory over the Chicago Sky on Thursday night.

    Chasity Melvin had 16 points and eight rebounds for Washington (13-13).

    DeLisha Milton-Jones added 13 points, Crystal Robinson and Nikki Teasley had 11 apiece and Coco Miller had 10 points and matched her season high with seven assists.

    "Six people in double figures -- that looked good and it felt good," Beard said of the Mystics, who shot 58.3 percent from the field.

    "That lets you know that the ball is moving and it's not getting stuck in one player's hands," Milton-Jones said. "We're not having to depend on one player to carry the load for the team offensively. If we can continue to play like this going into the playoffs, we can upset some people who are probably taking us lightly at this point."

    Beard shot 8-for-12 from the field and was perfect on nine free throws.

    "That's nice shooting, man," she said. "The basketball gods looked down upon me tonight."

    Former Mystics guard Stacey Dales scored 18 points for the Sky (3-22), who have lost eight straight and 12 in a row on the road. Bernadette Ngoyisa had a career-high 18 points and Jia Perkins added a career-high 10 assists for Chicago.

    "I'm glad that Stacey had a good game and Bernadette woke up and started battling, but we just gave up too many layups early in the game," Sky coach Dave Cowens said. "They ran out on us. We can't let a team shoot 58 percent."

    Perkins converted a three-point play and Katie Cronin hit a 3-pointer as the Sky pulled to 63-56 with a 7-0 run late in the third quarter. Ngoyisa's free throw pulled Chicago to 65-59, but that was as close as the Sky got in the second half.

    "We just have to defend and get stops," Dales said. "We are an expansion team, but at the same time, we don't want to make excuses. We want to try to play hard and defend people."

    Beard scored 12 points in the second quarter and the Mystics led 49-37 at halftime.

    Melvin had 10 points and six rebounds to lead Washington to a 27-17 lead after one quarter.

    As part of YouthAIDS Day in the District of Columbia, Wynonna Judd played a postgame concert. She is the YouthAIDS U.S. ambassador. Her sister, actress Ashley Judd, a YouthAIDS global ambassador, also attended the game.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

      Chicago Washington
    Points 74 92
    FG Made-Attempted 28-57 (.000) 35-60 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-8 (.500) 8-16 (.500)
    FT Made-Attempted 14-20 (.000) 14-18 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 5-19 9-33
    Assists 21 23
    Turnovers 11 16
    Steals 7 6
    Blocks 1 3
    Fast Break Points 4 20
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 19 (0/0)