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Liberty 65, Mystics 56

8/9/2003 - WNBA

WASHINGTON -- The New York Liberty finished off the
Washington Mystics once again.

Crystal Robinson's 18 points led New York past Washington 65-56
Saturday, snapping the Liberty's nine-game road losing skid and
eliminating the Mystics from playoff contention.

New York ended Washington's 2002 season in the Eastern
Conference finals.

"Washington is usually right there making the playoffs, and
we're right there," Robinson said. "Both of us are -- or both of
us were -- fighting for our lives. We still are and that just shows
the parity in the league."

The Liberty (12-14) hadn't won away from home since June 6 in
Minnesota.

The Liberty opened a 10-point lead before going just 1-for-10
from the field during the last 7{ minutes of the first half,
allowing the Mystics to take a 33-31 lead at the break.

"We were executing beautifully to start the game, and then we
turned the ball over 10 times," New York coach Richie Adubato
said.

"It's been so long since we won on the road that we just wanted
the game bad. We were willing to anything we could to win the
game."

Chamique Holdsclaw, who led Washington (7-21) with 13 points
despite shooting 4-of-17 from the floor, helped the Mystics build a
six-point lead while New York missed its first five shots of the
second half.

"I knew that we were already in a position that we didn't want
to be in, so me personally, I just wanted to go out there and give
everything I can," Holdsclaw said.

Robinson hit a 3-pointer with 11:52 to play to give New York its
first lead of the half and a driving layup three minutes later to
put New York ahead for good at 51-49.