WASHINGTON (AP) _ Andrea Stinson scored 24 points and the Charlotte Sting spoiled Darrell Walker's debut as coach of the Washington Mystics with a 76-73 victory Saturday.

Washington forced a number of late turnovers to cut a 16-point second-half deficit to two, but Dawn Staley made one free throw to make it 76-73 with eight seconds remaining.

The Mystics (9-12) had a chance to tie, but Chamique Holdsclaw's 3-pointer at the buzzer was short.

Walker, the Mystics' director of player personnel, took over as coach when Nancy Darsch resigned Friday. Walker had coached in the NBA and CBA, but Saturday's game was his first with a women's team on any level.

Staley scored 10 points and Stinson eight in the first 15 minutes as Charlotte took a 30-21 lead. The Sting also made 12 of their first 19 shots in their first road win in five games.

Stinson shot 10-for-14 from the field, and Staley added 17 points for Charlotte (4-17).

Washington was led by Vicky Bullett's 22 points, and Niki McCray added 19, including 10 in the second half, for the Mystics, who trail Detroit by 1 1/2 games for the fourth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Holdsclaw had trouble getting on track offensively. She scored 10 of her 14 in the second half and made just one field goal attempt in the first half.

Washington, which trailed 41-34 at halftime, watched the Sting shoot better than 54 percent from the floor, led by Stinson.