WASHINGTON (AP) _ Chamique Holdsclaw had 26 points and 10 rebounds as the Washington Mystics kept their slim WNBA playoff hopes alive with a 92-81 victory over the Detroit Shock on Wednesday night.
Holdsclaw, who missed Washington’s last game because of a strained neck, sparked a 19-6 second-half run that turned a one-point deficit into a 12-point lead with 7:39 to play.
Kedra Holland-Corn made five 3-pointers and scored 23 points to lead first-place Detroit, which had its five-game winning streak snapped.
The Mystics, who reached the Eastern Conference finals last season, would have been eliminated from playoff contention with a loss. This year’s season fell apart because of the injuries to Holdsclaw and an 11-game losing streak.
Detroit clinched its playoff berth with a win Tuesday in Connecticut.
Washington, which lost 93-56 earlier this season to the Shock, played nearly the first 12 minutes without a turnover and was able to build two 10-point leads in the first half. But Holland-Corn made all of her 3-pointers in the first half, which helped the Shock get within 47-46 at halftime.
Detroit held its last lead at 65-64 with 11:39 to play.
The Shock closed within six points on a jumper by Ruth Riley, but would get no closer as Holdsclaw made two free throws with 1:06 remaining to restore Washington’s lead to nine.