Shock 76, Mystics 69
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Jennifer Azzi scored 18 points, including two three-point plays down the stretch, to lift the Detroit Shock to a 76-69 victory over the Washington Mystics on Friday night.
It was the third straight victory for Detroit (3-1), which held Washington (1-3) to its second lowest point total of the season. The victory also spoiled a chance for the Mystics to reach .500 for the first time in their two-year history.
Detroit, which also was a WNBA expansion franchise last season, led 52-49 with 7:30 left when Azzi, a first-team all-star in the defunct ABL last year, came up with consecutive three-point plays in an 18-second span to make it 58-49. The Mystics never got closer than six points the rest of the way.
Val Whitting added 11 points for Detroit, while Sandy Brondello had 10.
Nikki McCray and Chamique Holdsclaw led Washington with 19 and 18 points, respectively.
Brondello’s 3-pointer capped a 7-2 run to open the second half and give the Shock a 43-38 lead.
The Mystics answered with an 8-4 run to get within 47-46 with 11:37 remaining.