ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) -- Courtney Vandersloot scored 20 points to help the Chicago Sky beat Washington 77-58 on Saturday night, handing the last-place Mystics their 13th straight loss. Epiphanny Prince added 12 points for the Sky (14-20), who had a season-low 23 points in the first half and a season-high 54 in the second half. Swin Cash and Sonja Petrovic added 10 points each. "We wanted to see the third quarter as a new start and forget that first quarter," Vandersloot said. Sky center Carolyn Swords agreed, adding the team wasn't worried after the poor first half. "I think we knew that everything going on was in our control and if we just focused on one pass at a time we'd be in good shape," Swords said. Veteran point guard Ticha Penicheiro was scoreless with two assists in about 11 minutes in the final game of her 15-year career. Penicheiro, the league's all-time leader in assists and No. 2 in steals, spent 12 season with Sacramento and two with Los Angeles before joining Chicago this season. "I only played here this year, but the way the fans embraced my retirement made me feel really humble," Penicheiro said. "Everyone worked really hard to make it all right, and to see me off in a good way. It was an amazing ceremony. I was trying not to cry. .. I don't think it has truly hit me yet. It feels like this has been a dream and not really happening." Chicago was without Olympic center Sylvia Fowles (strained calf). Monique Currie scored 15 points and Jasmine Thomas had 12 for the Mystics (5-29), who finished one game worse than last season. Washington's .147 winning percent was the second-worst in franchise history, only better than the .100 (3-27) in its inaugural season in 1998. "Our biggest lesson is how to overcome adversity," Mystics coach and general manager Trudi Lacey said. "I think they were a courageous group with big hearts. They persevered through injuries and tough losses." The Mystics, who last won Aug. 19 in overtime at home against Chicago, were without leading scorer Crystal Langhorne (foot). Currie scored 11 points in the first half to help the Mystics take a 28-23 lead at the break. "I felt like we always fought hard," Currie said. "We may not have fought smart all the time, but we continued to work individually and hope that we take this time off to ourselves and get better as a team."
Finally some playoff success for Caps' fans to cheer for. The South Carolina Stingrays, Washington's ECHL affiliate, defeated the Manchester Monarchs 4-3 on Wednesday to win the Eastern Conference and advance to the Kelly Cup Finals.
South Carolina lost both Games 1 and 2 at home but came roaring back with three straight wins. Manchester was able to force a Game 7, but the Stingrays ultimately prevailed in Game 7 thanks to a third period tally from Olivier Archambault. The win clinched South Carolina's second conference title in three years.
The Capitals currently have two prospects on the roster in South Carolina. Defenseman Cody Corbett ranks second among the team's defensemen in points this postseason with one goal and six assists. Goalie Adam Carlson is serving as the team's backup and has made only one brief appearance.
South Carolina now advances to face the Colorado Eagles in the Kelly Cup Finals starting on Friday in Colorado. This will be the fifth finals appearance in team history. The Stingrays have won the Kelly Cup in three of those four series.
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Once upon a time, one Redskins quarterback infamously announced that he was all in for Week 1. The Redskins' current QB, however, is most certainly not.
While talking to the media on Wednesday at his team's OTAs, Kirk Cousins said that the baby he and his wife, Julie, are expecting is projected to come earlier than the couple originally thought. That's, of course, tremendous news for the two, but it could also present a large issue due to what Cousins does for a living.
"Yeah, the baby's due in mid-September," he said. "Was supposed to be Week 2, but we got the 20-week ultrasound and they moved it up a week. So, we're looking for around Week 1, between Week 1 and Week 2. We're praying that it'll come on a day where it doesn't conflict with any important football matters."
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Again — congratulations to Kirk and Julie. Babies are fun and cute and they're worth a ton of Instagram likes and, overall, they're something worth celebrating. But when Cousins says he's hoping that the baby arrives on a non-gameday, he's not alone; the Redskins will have a much better shot of beating the Eagles on September 10 if he's under center and not Colt McCoy, after all.
Fortunately, any day that isn't a Sunday during that month should mean that the 28-year-old can enjoy the birth of his first child and Washington can enjoy having their franchise passer take the field in crucial early matchups. And whenever the next member of the Cousins clan finally does show up, Julie is prepared to run the show so her husband can run the offense.
"We're excited, and Julie's been great," Kirk said. "She's just been outstanding the whole time and she's already told me that she's going to carry the weight the first few months so I can focus on football, and she's gonna be a big help. We're looking forward to that. Lots to look forward to right now, I'm in a good place."
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