Connecticut Sun's Margo Dydek, left, knocks the ball away from Washington Mystics' Nakia Sanford during the first half of the Sun's 69-67 win, Sunday, May 22, 2005, in Washington.
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WASHINGTON Katie Douglas scored 16 points, including four free throws in the final 38 seconds, to help Connecticut hold off Washington.
Nykesha Sales scored 13 points and Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 10 points and six rebounds for the Sun.
Chasity Melvin led the Mystics with 15 points and seven rebounds in their home opener. Temeka Johnson added 12 points and DeLisha Milton-Jones scored 10 for Washington.
Shock 78, Liberty 71
NEW YORK Deanna Nolan made five free throws in the final 34 seconds to lift the Detroit Shock to a 78-71 victory over the New York Liberty on Sunday.
Nolan went 8-of-9 from the foul line and finished with 17 points. Cheryl Ford had 15 points and 18 rebounds for the Shock, who opened their season with wins on consecutive days.
Becky Hammon had 24 points, Vickie Johnson added 16, and Ann Wauters had 14 for the Liberty, who opened their season at home for just the second time in nine seasons.
La'Keshia Frett's driving layup gave the Liberty their first lead of the game at 53-51, but Nolan's three-point play with 10:08 remaining put Detroit back on top for good.
Becky Hammon had 15 of her 24 points in the second half for New York, which shot just 31 percent. Vickie Johnson added 16 points, and Ann Wauters had 14 for the Liberty, who opened at home for just the second time in nine seasons.
Fever 68, Sting 58
INDIANAPOLIS Reserves Deanna Jackson scored 12 points and Jurgita Streimikyte added 10 to lead Indiana to the win in its season opener.
Indiana limited Charlotte to just two field goals in the final 9 minutes to win its season opener.
Sheri Sam scored 13 points and Dawn Staley 10 for Charlotte, which has lost its first two games.
Three-time All-Star Tamika Catchings was in foul trouble throughout and finished with nine points in 24 minutes for Indiana. Natalie Williams added eight points and 10 rebounds for the Fever.
Comets 79, Lynx 65
HOUSTON Sheryl Swoopes scored 27 points and Michelle Snow added a career-high 20 and 11 rebounds to lead the Houston Comets to a 79-65 victory Sunday night over the Minnesota Lynx.
Swoopes scored 15 points in the first half and helped Houston break open a close game in the second half.
The Comets are 2-0 for the first time since 2003.
Nicole Ohlde scored 18 points for the Lynx, who lost their season opener and fell to 1-10 in Houston.
The Lynx, who split two road games against the Comets last season, got a combined 19 points from Katie Smith and Svetlana Abrosimova. Abrosimova made just three of her 14 shots, and Smith made only four of 13.
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