Wednesday, July 20, 2005

WNBA: Mystics 74, Los Angeles Sparks 68 (July 19)

The Mystics got back to .500 with their win over the Sparks yesterday afternoon, led by DeLisha Milton-Jones' 15 points and seven boards.

Milton-Jones came to the Mystics from the Sparks in a trade for Chamique Holdsclaw after Holdsclaw left the team to deal with depression late in the season with the Mystics close to reaching the playoffs. (Without Holdsclaw, Alana Beard stepped up and the Mystics won five of their last six games to squeak into the postseason.)

Holdsclaw led all scorers, putting in 17 points against her former team, but it was not enough to win.

Alana Beard and Chasity Melvin each added 14 points for the Mystics, who now have sole possession of third place in the East because the New York Liberty lost to the Seattle Storm, 87-78, last night.

The Associated Press reported that it was the first time the Mystics had ever won in Los Angeles.

The Mystics look to go above .500 for the road trip and the season when they end their five game road trip Friday at 1 p.m. in Houston, where they will face the Comets. The Comets are 12-7 and in second place in the West.

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