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SPARKS DROP FOURTH STRAIGHT : WASHINGTON 55, SPARKS 53.



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Murriel Page's layup with 3.9 seconds left gave the Washington Mystics The Washington Mystics is a Women's National Basketball Association team based in Washington, D.C., U.S.A. They started play in 1998, the second year of the WNBA and are one of the WNBA's first expansion franchises.  a 55-53 victory over the Sparks on Saturday, sending them to their fourth straight loss and preventing them from clinching a playoff spot.

Before a national TV audience, the Sparks (17-11) led 17-16 at halftime in the lowest-scoring first half in WNBA WNBA Women's National Basketball Association
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They trailed by five points with 2:20 left but tied the game at 53 on a 3-pointer by point guard Gordana Grubin with 23 seconds to go.

Washington inbounded the ball to point guard Andrea Nagy who dribbled time off the clock and then drove to the basket. Nagy's bounce pass found Page, who scored her second field goal of the game. After a timeout, the Sparks' Tamecka Dixon missed a 3-pointer at the final buzzer.

DeLisha Milton had 13 points to lead the Sparks; Lisa Leslie
    Lisa Leslie (born July 7, 1972 in Gardena, California) is a Women's National Basketball Association player currently playing for the Los Angeles Sparks. One of the original WNBA players, she quickly rose to stardom as one of the league's most top-performing and popular
     and La'Keshia Frett La'Keshia Frett (born June 12, 1975 in Carmel, California, U.S.) is a former collegiate and professional basketball player. She is currently an assistant coach for the women's basketball team at the University of Georgia.  had 12 each. Leslie fouled out with 3:23 to play and Washington ahead 49-45.

    Washington (12-17), which won its sixth straight game, entered the game one game behind Detroit for the third and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

    Nikki McCray had 20 points for Washington.

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    Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
    Date:Aug 15, 1999
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