Starzz 99, Mystics 88
Game 17: Sunday at the MCI Center
Utah 47 52 - 99
Washington 25 63 - 88
First half: Washington held a 12-11 lead when the Starzz put on a 19-0 burst, their biggest of the year. Kim Williams had three fast-break layins, back-to-back coast-to-coast plays putting Utah up 30-12. LaTonya Johnson and Dena Head made two 3-point shots each in the run. Elena Baranova baskets put Utah up 20, then 24, but for her trouble she was flagrantly fouled and carried off the court with a severely sprained ankle with 1:01 left in the half.
Second half: Just 1-for-4 on 3-pointers in the first half, Washington made nine of 23 home-run attempts in the second half but put Utah at the free-throw line 29 times in the half, and the Starzz made 23 of them to maintain a lead that never dropped below eight after being 31. Mystics' Nikki McCray scored 18 of her game-high 26 in the half, but Wendy Palmer had 16 of her 24, Chantel Tremitiere 14 of her season-high 16 and Kim Williams 10 of her career-high 19 in the half.
Records: Starzz 5-12, Mystics 2-14
Quotable: "We can't accept any lead that we have. There are no leads that are safe in this league," - Utah guard Dena Head.
Next up: At Charlotte Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. MDT