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Washington wins — in 4 OTs

Treys finally end longest game in WNBA history

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SEATTLE — Helen Luz found a way to end the longest game in WNBA history.

Luz's consecutive 3-pointers put the Washington Mystics ahead by six in the fourth overtime Tuesday night, and they went on to defeat the Seattle Storm 72-69.

"I had fresh legs at the end," Luz said. "I was surprised I was so open, but the team really needed me to make them."

Luz, a rookie who played for Brazil in the 2000 Olympics, finished with 11 points, including eight in the fourth overtime. She was 3-of-3 from 3-point range.

Nikki McCray led the Mystics with 20 points as Washington won its third straight game and first on the road this season. Chamique Holdsclaw had 15 points and 15 rebounds, her eighth double-double of the season, but she was 0-for-12 from the field after halftime.

Vicki Bullett played 55 minutes for Washington. Holdsclaw and Audrey Sauret played 54 minutes each.

Washington had the final shot at the end of regulation and the first and second overtimes. The game was tied at 50 at the end of regulation. It was tied at 54 after one overtime, 56 after two, and 60 after three extra periods.

The previous record for a WNBA game was double overtime.

In other WNBA games Tuesday night, it was Charlotte 66, New York 61; Sacramento 91, Minnesota 52; and Los Angeles 84, Utah 71.

Lauren Jackson led Seattle with 24 points and 12 rebounds — the first double-double in Storm history. She played 55 minutes, had three steals and five blocked shots.

Semeka Randall added 16 points, and Simone Edwards had 11 points and nine rebounds.

"That was one of the hardest games I've played," Jackson said. "I am just really sad we lost."

With the game tied at the end of regulation, the Storm got a break when they were whistled for a delay of game warning just before McCray lobbed a perfect pass to Holdsclaw, who tapped in the basket with 5 seconds left. When the ball was inbounded again, Vicki Bullett shot an airball, forcing overtime.

Washington coach Tom Maher was impressed by the performance of Jackson, who he coached on the Australian Olympic Team in the 2000 Olympics.

"She'll be the best player in the world someday," Maher said. "People have to remember she is only 20 years old."

MONARCHS 91, LYNX 52: Kedra Holland-Corn scored 25 points as visiting Sacramento extended its winning streak to four games.

The loss was the most lopsided in franchise history for Minnesota. Sacramento also set a record for the most points scored by a Lynx opponent.

Sacramento's 46-15 lead at the intermission tied the record for the largest halftime advantage in WNBA history. Houston led Miami 44-13 at halftime on June 15, 2000.

Cindy Blodgett hit five 3-pointers and scored a career-high 19 points for Sacramento (9-6).

Minnesota's Katie Smith, the WNBA's leading scorer, finished with 18 points.

STING 66, LIBERTY 61: Andrea Stinson scored 20 points as host Charlotte extended its winning streak to four games.

Allison Feaster scored 12 points and Dawn Staley added 10 points and eight assists for Charlotte (5-10).

Vickie Johnson scored 16 points for the Liberty (10-5), who lost for just the second time in 11 games. Tari Phillips had 15 points and 12 rebounds.