Shock 66

(22-11, 9-8 away)

Mystics 78

(18-15, 13-4 home)

    7:00 PM ET, August 11, 2006

    1 2 3 4 T
    TUL 26 11 11 1866
    WSH 12 21 24 2178

    Top Performers

    Tulsa: C. Ford 11 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Stl

    Washington: D. Milton-Jones 23 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl

    Mystics deny Shock chance to lock up East's No. 2 seed

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- DeLisha Milton-Jones scored 12 of her 23 points in the third quarter and the Washington Mystics rallied from a 16-point deficit for a 78-66 victory over the Detroit Shock on Friday night.

    Alana Beard had 21 points and eight rebounds for the Mystics (18-15), who set a team record for wins in a season. Nakia Sanford added 11 points and 12 rebounds for Washington, which denied Detroit a chance to secure the No. 2 seed in WNBA's Eastern Conference playoffs.

    "Our intensity level is increasing," Beard said. "Our heart and determination is there. The past few games that we played are sort of like the playoff atmosphere that it's going to be like and this team is stepping up to the challenge."

    Fourth-seeded Washington will play host to top-seeded Connecticut in their playoff opener Aug. 18 at Verizon Center.

    The Mystics won 17 games in 2002 (17-15) and 2004 (17-17).

    "In the third quarter they came out of the zone and went man and we got the ball down inside," Mystics coach Richie Adubato said. "Then we freed up DeLisha Milton-Jones about five times and she hit four shots. That's when we jumped up and got the lead."

    During that stretch, Milton-Jones made a 3-pointer and a jumper from the corner, a 3-pointer from the wing and converted a three-point play that gave Washington a 52-46 lead with 3:33 remaining in the third.

    Cheryl Ford scored six straight points that pulled Detroit to 59-57 with 6:58 remaining but that was as close as the Shock got in the fourth.

    "They wanted this game more than us," Shock coach Bill Laimbeer said. "In the third quarter they made shots and we didn't. For two quarters our offense went in the tank for shot-making. That was the difference in the ballgame."

    Milton-Jones' 3-pointer from the top of the key gave Washington a 68-61 lead with 2:22 remaining. Beard's steal and layup gave the Mystics a 72-63 lead with 1:20 left.

    Katie Smith and Deanna Nolan both scored 12 points for the Shock (22-11). Ford added 11 points and 12 rebounds.

    "They picked up the intensity and started hitting some shots," Smith said. "They figured out the zone and got some offensive rebounds. They just picked it up a notch and we didn't match it."

    Plenette Pierson's three-point play gave Detroit a 31-15 lead with 8:13 left in the second quarter. The Mystics countered with an 11-2 run capped by Milton-Jones' jumper that pulled Washington to 33-26 with 4:48 remaining in the half.

    The Shock led 37-33 at halftime.

    Detroit took a 19-9 lead on Smith's 3-pointer with 2:17 remaining in the first quarter.

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    Team Stat Comparison

      Tulsa Washington
    Points 66 78
    FG Made-Attempted 26-73 (.000) 27-63 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-21 (.238) 7-19 (.368)
    FT Made-Attempted 9-14 (.000) 17-27 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-33 13-41
    Assists 14 12
    Turnovers 13 16
    Steals 9 7
    Blocks 2 4
    Fast Break Points 7 13
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 19 (0/0)