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Mystics Beat Liberty 95-54

August 9, 2002

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Chamique Holdsclaw scored 22 points and Coco Miller added 16 as the Washington Mystics beat the New York Liberty 65-54 on Thursday night to snap a seven-game losing streak.

The Mystics (16-13) moved a game behind the first-place Liberty (17-12) in the Eastern Conference standings, with the teams set to meet again Friday night in Washington.

Helen Luz hit two late 3-pointers to hold off the Liberty, and Holdsclaw offset 5-of-15 shooting with eight second-half free throws.

New York’s Tari Phillips scored 14 of her 22 points in the first half. Crystal Robinson added 12 points for the Liberty, including a pair of 3-pointers in the second half.

The Liberty shot 37 percent from the field, with Vickie Johnson going 3-of-11 and Tamika Whitmore 2-of-8.

New York’s double-team of Holdsclaw limited her to one basket _ a 3-pointer _ in the second half, but New York couldn’t overcome its nine-point halftime deficit.

Phillips had a pair of layups inside and Becky Hammond hit a 3-pointer as the Liberty closed to 45-42, but Washington’s Helen Luz hit a pair of open 3-pointer to make it 51-42.

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