Phoenix Mercury guard Sammy Prahalis, left, is congratulated by teammate Charde Houston during their 80-77 win over the Washington Mystics. By Catherine Holland
PHOENIX (AP) -- Sammy Prahalis scored seven of her 15 points in the final 2:02 and made a tiebreaking layup with 23 seconds left and the Phoenix Mercury got past the Washington Mystics 80-77 on Wednesday night.
Washington's Monique Currie missed a driving shot in the lane with 4.9 seconds remaining and teammate Michelle Snow and Avery Warley got tied up on the rebound.
Officials called the Mystics for a jump ball violation on the ensuing jump with 1.5 seconds left. Krystal Thomas made a free throw for the final margin.
Down 74-69 with 2:26 left, Prahalis and DeWanna Bonner hit back-to-back 3-pointers within 33 seconds for the Mercury. Washington's Crystal Langhorne then missed an 18-footer with 44 seconds left, setting up the Mercury's winning possession.
Bonner led the Mercury (3-7) with 19 points and Thomas added 15.
Snow scored nine of her 21 in the fourth quarter and had nine rebounds to lead the Mystics (2-7) while Currie scored season-high 20 points.