Beardís Three-Point Play Lifts Mystics Over Shock

Washington 65, Detroit 64

WASHINGTON, June 29 (AP) -- Alana Beard's three-point play with 13 seconds left capped a frenetic fourth-quarter rally during which the Mystics scored the game's final nine points for a 65-64 win Friday night over the WNBA-leading Detroit Shock.

Delisha Milton-Jones led Washington (5-10) with 19 points. Beard added 13 and Nakia Sanford scored 10 points for the Mystics who have won three straight and five out of seven after starting the season 0-8.

Deanna Nolan scored a season-high 26 points and Swin Cash added 10 for the Shock (11-3), who came into the game a league-best 6-1 on the road. The Mystics have beaten the Shock four straight times at home.

Trailing by 14 points at the start of the fourth quarter, the Mystics slowly chipped away at the Shock's lead and trailed 64-56 with less than three minutes remaining. Milton-Jones, who scored 15 in the second half, and Nikki Blue each scored to cut the lead to four. After missing two free throws moments before, Monique Currie hit two from the line with 48 seconds left and had the Mystics down by only two.

After blocking two inside shots by Swin Cash, the Mystics took possession and Beard drove the right side against Deanna Nolan. Despite some contact, Beard hit her short jumper with 13 seconds left. The subsequent free throw gave the Mystics their first lead since 17-15 early in the second quarter. The three-point play capped a 23-10 run in the quarter for the Mystics.

Coming out of a time out with 4.5 seconds to play, Nolan pulled up on the right side but Milton-Jones swatted away her final attempt.

Playing in their first home game after a successful and high scoring 3-1 road trip - they averaged 95.3 points - the Mystics looked woeful in the first half. They scored a season-low seven points in the second quarter, which the Shock opened with a 17-2 run.