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Mystics rally from big deficit to beat Chicago

Sunday, July 8, 2007


CHICAGO — Alana Beard had 25 points and seven rebounds, and the Washington Mystics rallied from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Chicago Sky 77-73 Saturday night.

Monique Currie scored 16 points, DeLisha Milton-Jones added 12 and Nikki Teasley 10 for Washington (6-12), which won for the fourth time in six games.

Candice Dupree had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Sky (8-9), who have lost six of eight at home. Chasity Melvin added 18 points and nine rebounds, and Stacey Dales and Jia Perkins scored 10 points apiece.

Dupree’s layup with 2:06 left pulled the Sky within three points, but Beard made an acrobatic layup to give the Mystics a 71-66 lead with 1:02 to go. Chicago cut the Mystics’ lead to two twice in the last 12 seconds but each time Beard answered with two free throws extend Washington’s lead back to four.

Dupree made two free throws to push the Sky’s lead to 61-50 with 8:06 left in the fourth. However, Washington used a 13-0 run, capped by two free throws from Beard, to take a 69-64 lead 5 1/2 minutes later.

Melvin became the 19th player in league history to top 3,000 points for her career, reaching the milestone with a layup midway through the third quarter.

Melvin’s layup with 21 seconds to go in the second quarter gave Chicago a 32-28 lead at halftime.

Washington started the second half on a 7-2 run including a pair of layups from Milton-Jones to take a 35-34 lead with 8:09 left in the third. The Sky used a 12-4 run to take a 46-39 lead 4 minutes later.