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Mystics Edge Sun, 48-45

August 2, 2003

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) _ Ashja Jones scored 14 points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds to lead the Washington Mystics to a 48-45 victory over the Connecticut Sun on Friday night.

The Mystics (6-19) rallied from an 11-point deficit to snap Connecticut’s four-game winning streak, its longest of the season. Washington lost its two previous games to Connecticut (13-12) but was without scoring leader Chamique Holdsclaw for those games because of a strained hamstring.

Holdsclaw struggled offensively Friday, scoring seven points on 1-of-7 shooting, but had 11 rebounds.

Both teams shot poorly and scored season lows. The Mystics shot 31 percent (19-of-62), while Connecticut was 15-of-63 (24 percent).

Shannon Johnson led Connecticut with 18 points, while Katie Douglas added 14. Taj McWilliams-Franklin had eight rebounds for Connecticut.

Annie Burgess gave the Mystics their first lead of the game, 31-29, with a 3-pointer with 15:27 left. Connecticut tied it twice down the stretch until Jones, a former UConn standout, scored four points in a 6-0 run that gave Washington a 44-38 lead with 5:38 left.

Connecticut would get within 46-45 on a jumper by Douglas with 1:15 remaining, but Jones iced the game with a wide-open layup with 10 seconds left.

The Sun had a chance to tie it in the closing seconds, but Johnson couldn’t get the shot off before time ran out.

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