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Koehn steps up in Washington’s finale

August 28, 2005

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— Reserve Laurie Koehn, a Kansas State product, scored 15 points, shooting 5-for-7 on three-pointers, and Washington beat Detroit, 76-67, in the regular-season finale.

The game had little meaning as Washington (16-18) was eliminated from playoff contention with a loss Friday at Connecticut. Though the teams finished tied and split four meetings, Detroit (16-18) earned the fourth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot because of a better conference record.

The Shock starts postseason play Wednesday against the first-place Sun, and Detroit coach Bill Laimbeer went with his usual bench players throughout the game.

Washington's Temeka Johnson had 10 points and five assists, and DeLisha Milton-Jones added 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Alana Beard had 13 points and seven assists.

Storm 85, Mercury 74

Seattle - Sue Bird tied a season-high with 20 points, and Seattle ended Phoenix's playoff hopes.

For Phoenix (16-18), it was another disappointing finish. The Mercury needed to beat Seattle and have Houston beat Los Angeles to earn their first playoff berth since 2000.

Diana Taurasi scored a career-high 31 points for the Mercury, but made just 11 of 25 shots. Kamila Vodichkova, who played for Seattle last season and was presented with her championship ring before the game, added 18 points.


Washington's Laurie Koehn, left, battles for a loose ball with Detroit's Elaine Powell. Koehn, a Kansas State product, had 15 points as the Mystics won, 76-67, Saturday in Washington.

Washington's Laurie Koehn, left, battles for a loose ball with Detroit's Elaine Powell. Koehn, a Kansas State product, had 15 points as the Mystics won, 76-67, Saturday in Washington.

Sun 78, Sting 69

Charlotte, N.C. - Asjha Jones scored a career-high 22 points, and Connecticut set an Eastern Conference record for victories by beating last-place Charlotte.

Sheri Sam scored 21 points for the Sting (6-28), who had their two-game winning snapped and finished with the worst record in team history. Charlotte's previous worst mark was 8-24 in 2000.

Monarchs 61, Lynx 52

Minneapolis - Rebekkah Brunson had 11 points and 11 rebounds to lead Sacramento.

Nicole Ohlde scored 18 points for the Lynx (14-20), who lost the last four games of the season and will miss the playoffs for the first time in three years.

Comets 77, Sparks 51

Houston - Dominique Canty scored 17 points to lead Houston. Tina Thompson had 13 points, and Michelle Snow added 11 for the Comets (19-15), who will play host to defending champion Seattle in their playoff opener Tuesday.

Fever 75, Liberty 50

Indianapolis - Kelly Miller scored 13 points, and Tully Bevilaqua added 10 points and six assists as Indiana set a franchise record for victories.

The Fever (21-13) won the season series 3-1 and will open the first round of the playoffs Tuesday at New York.

Crystal Robinson scored 12 of her 19 points in the first half for New York (18-16).

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