Beard, Langhorne lead Mystics past Shock

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Alana Beard scored 15 points, Crystal Langhorne added 14 and the Washington Mystics improved to 3-0 for the first time in franchise history with a 75-69 victory over the
Detroit Shock.

Rookie Marissa Coleman added 13 points to help Washington end a six-game losing streak against the defending WNBA champion Shock (1-2).

Taj McWilliams and Katie Smith had 14 points each for Detroit.

Detroit led by 10 points early in the second quarter, but the Mystics finished the half with a 23-4 run to take a 38-27 lead.

The Shock regained the lead late in the third, but Washington scored the final seven points of the period to go up 56-51.

Smith's long 3-pointer pulled Detroit to 71-69 with 42 seconds to play, but Lindsey Harding answered with a 3-pointer to put the game away.