|Name||Min||Pts||FG||3P||FT||O Reb||D Reb||Reb||Ast||Stl||Blk||Trn||Fls||Result|
|Alana Beard||36||23||7/16||1/3||8/8||1||8||9||2||3||1||2||5||Win at Phoenix Mercury 74-67|
Alana Beard's Washington Mystics beat Diana Taurasi's Phoenix Mercury for the second time, sweeping the season series. The win put the Mystics in the playoffs, and a win on Sunday, combined with a loss by the Connecticut Sun to the Indiana Fever will clinch the home court advantage up to the WNBA Finals. While Taurasi outscored Alana by 2 this time, in the last game Taurasi did not score, so Alana holds a head to head performance edge.
Meanwhile, Iciss Tillis's Detroit Shock need to beat the Charlotte Sting on Sunday to grab the last playoff spot in the east.
|Michele Van Gorp||8||0||66||8.3||9/19
By taking over the mantle of leadership for the Washington Mystics in the absense of Chamique Holdsclaw, Alana Beard is making a late run for WNBA Rookie of the Year honors. In September, during the run for the playoffs, Alana has averaged more than 20 ppg, and has averaged 16.5 since July 1.