Originally created 08/12/01

Detroit shocks the Mystics



AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Already eliminated from playoff contention, the Detroit Shock are still playing hard.

Elena Tornikidou scored 21 points as Detroit beat Washington 69-63 Friday night, extending the Mystics' losing streak to four games.

"We gave great effort," Shock coach Greg Williams said. "I think we've had a great second half of the season. I feel like our players are still being professional and finishing out the season."

Jae Kingi added 16 points and five assists as Detroit (9-21) snapped a two-game losing streak. Edwina Brown scored 12 points for the Shock.

Kingi scored 14 points in the second half on two 3-pointers and 8-for-8 shooting from the foul line.

"Obviously, the free throws were definitely important down the stretch," she said. "We had missed a couple and I thought we needed those to make sure we didn't get in that slump we'd been getting into."

Vicky Bullett led the Mystics (9-21) with 21 points and five rebounds. Chamique Holdsclaw scored 19 points, and Tonya Washington added 11.

The first half included nine lead changes and three ties before Washington took a 28-27 lead at the break.

Brown opened the second half with a 3-pointer that gave the Shock a lead they never relinquished.

Detroit pushed its lead to 11 points twice in the second half. Brown scored the first eight points of the period on two 3-pointers and a field goal.

Detroit, Washington and Indiana are all tied for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.