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Seimone Augustus tried to split the Mystics defense as Monique Currie, left, closed the gap.

CHUCK MYERS • MCT,

Lynx's efficiency goes south in loss to Mystics

  • Article by: ASSOCIATED PRESS
  • June 9, 2013 - 1:42 PM

– Two days ago, the Lynx looked unbeatable, scoring 99 points in a flashy offensive performance in a 20-point victory. That effort did not carry over to their first road game.

Ivory Latta scored 17 of her 24 points in the second half and Monique Currie had 23 as the Washington Mystics, who won only five games last season, fended off Minnesota’s fourth-quarter rally and beat the Lynx 85-80 on Saturday night.

Currie scored 18 in the first half and combined with Latta to shoot 17-for-26 for the Mystics, who have won consecutive games for the first time since 2010.

“We’re more than halfway to our total wins from last year just four games in,” said Currie, one of only four players left from last season’s team that finished 5-29. “It feels great. We’ve been working hard and we deserve to finally kind of change the tide of what has been happening here.”

Maya Moore scored 22 points and Rebekkah Brunson had 21 points and 17 rebounds for the Lynx, who shot 38.5 percent from the field and 62 percent (13-for-21) on free throws. Seimone Augustus also scored 21 for Minnesota, which had won four straight over the Mystics.

Moore and Augustus shot a combined 15-for-44 from the field. Moore fouled out with 1:33 remaining on Tierra Ruffin-Pratt’s layup, which put Washington in front for good at 75-73.

“I guess it can’t help to have our Olympian on the bench, but our Olympians didn’t play like Olympians today so I’m not sure it would have made much difference,” Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said.

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