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Mystics Defeat Sparks

John E. DeFreitas | 7/16/2009, 9:16 a.m.

The Washington Mystics returned from a four game road trip where they went 1-3, winning only one game to defeat the Los Angeles Sparks 75-63. The Mystics had a 24-point advantage over the Sparks but had to fight back in the fourth-quarter for the win on Sat., July 11 at Verizon Center.

€I think we're just trying to learn how, when we get teams down, how to put them away and keep them away,€ said Mystics forward Marissa Coleman. €We got a little lax there, didn't push the ball and let them slow the game down. We needed to play with more energy.€

Guard Alana Beard led the Mystics in scoring with 26 points.

€You don't expect teams to stay down. You have to expect them to come back. Fortunately, we did a good job of maintaining when they went on that run. In the huddle, it was just all about defense for this team. We've had games where we could have closed things out and couldn't find a way to. I thought the team did a great job of staying focused,€ Beard said.

Mystics held Candace Parker, the league's reigning MVP and 2008 rookie of the year, to just two points and four rebounds. Photo by John E DeFreitas - WI Sports Photo Editor
Washington Mystics point guard Lindsey Harding hit a quick jump shot and then center Chasity Melvin scored two baskets to give the Mystics a six-point lead with less than two minutes remaining in the game. Photo by John E DeFreitas - WI Sports Photo Editor