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Late Fever run extends Mystics’ loss streak

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INDIANAPOLIS — Jurgita Streimikyte scored six of her 12 points in the final two minutes as the Indiana Fever rallied to beat the Washington Mystics 73-65 Friday night.

Indiana (7-14) overcame a 25-point effort by Washington's Nikki McCray, who twisted her right ankle early in the second half but returned in a futile effort to end the Mystics' losing streak, which reached five games.

The Fever, who trailed 65-64 after McCray scored with 4:03 left, closed out the game with a 9-0 run.

Streimikyte put Indiana head for good with an 8-foot jumper with 1:50 remaining. After Washington misfired, Streimikyte grabbed the rebound, was fouled and hit two free throws with 59.7 seconds remaining.

A 3-point attempt by McCray bounced off the rim and Indiana's Stephanie McCarty was fouled after grabbing the rebound. She hit one free throw with 41.2 seconds left.

Rita Williams rebounded another Washington miss and scored to make it 71-64 with 26.7 seconds left. A layup by Streimikyte capped the scoring.

Vicky Bullett had a career-high 14 rebounds for Washington.

Streimikyte, Nadine Malcolm and Angie Braziel each had seven rebounds for Indiana. Braziel, who did not play in the first half, scored 10 points.

McCray scored Washington's final 14 points of the first half and the Mystics outscored Indiana 16-3 in the final 3:52 of the period.

STING 72, MIRACLE 65: Allison Feaster scored 19 points and Andrea Stinson added 16 as the Charlotte Sting beat the Orlando Miracle 72-65 Friday night.

The Sting shot 7-for-18 from 3-point range and shot 51 percent overall.

A 3-pointer by Stinson with 2:57 left gave Charlotte a 65-61 lead, and a 3-pointer by Feater with 33.2 seconds remaining gave the Sting a 70-63 lead.

Taj McWilliams-Franklin scored 19 points to lead Orlando, which slipped to 3-8 on the road. ElainePowell added 15 points, and Shannon Johnson scored 14.

SOL 64, COMETS 50: Sheri Sam scored 18 points as the Miami Sol extended their winning streak to a franchise-record six games, beating the Houston Comets 64-50 Friday night.

Sandy Brondello scored 14 points and Elena Baranova added 12 points for Miami (12-9).

Tammy Jackson scored 18 points for the Comets (14-6), who lost their second straight.

Houston was without Tina Thompson, who was suspended one game and fined $500 for punching Orlando's Jaclyn Johnson in a 57-52 loss on Wednesday. Thompson ranks second in the WNBA in scoring with a 22.6 average.