Adrienne Shuler hit a running 15-foot bank shot with 3.8 seconds left Sunday to give Washington a 76-74 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks, snapping the Mystics' WNBA-record 11-game losing streak.
It was Washington's first win since a 78-53 rout of Detroit at home on July 11. The expansion Mystics (3-22) lost by an average of 17 points in the losing streak, with 10 of the losses by at least 11 points.The victory also gave coach Cathy Parson her first win. Parson had lost all six games since taking over from Jim Lewis, who was fired on July 23.
Los Angeles (10-16) rallied to tie the game in the final minute, and the Sparks had possession with 12 seconds left. Washington then forced a jump ball with 7.4 seconds remaining.
Deborah Carter of Washington won the jump ball, knocking it all the way into the far corner. Murriel Page chased it down and passed to Shuler, who pump-faked a defender and hit the one-handed shot.
Nikki McCray led Washington with 21 points, while Shuler finished with 14 and Page added 12.
Lisa Leslie of the Sparks had 23 points and 16 rebounds, her 13th double-double of the season. Mwadi Mabika added 16 points for Los Angeles, while Pam McGee had 15.
McCray made several clutch shots to help Washington hold off runs by Los Angeles in the second half. She was 6-of-8 from the field in the second half.