Mystics stun Lynx 85-80 in Washington

  • Article by: BENJAMIN STANDIG
  • Updated: June 8, 2013 - 11:57 PM

Minnesota won its first two games this season by a combined 36 points but never led during the final three quarters Saturday.


Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen reaches for the ball after she knocked it away from Washington Mystics center Michelle Snow on Saturday, June 8, 2013. The Mystics defeated the Lynx, 85-80.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ivory Latta scored 17 of her 24 points in the second half and Monique Currie had 23 as the Washington Mystics 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 on field goals for the Mystics (3-1), who won only five games last season. Coupled with Friday’s 66-62 victory at Connecticut, Washington has won consecutive games for the first time since 2010.

Maya Moore scored 22 points and Rebekkah Brunson had 21 points and 17 rebounds for the Lynx (2-1), who shot 38.5 percent from the field and 62 percent (13 of 21) at the foul line. Seimone Augustus also scored 21 for Minnesota, which had won four straight over the Mystics.

The Mystics led after each of the first three quarters and took a 67-58 advantage into the fourth. However, Minnesota used a 10-1 run to tie the score at 68-all.

Moore fouled out with 1:33 remaining on Tierra Ruffin-Pratt’s layup that put Washington in front for good at 75-73.

Kia Vaughn’s turnaround jumper gave the Mystics a 79-75 lead and Washington made all six of its free-throw attempts in the final 15 seconds.

Minnesota won its first two games this season by a combined 36 points, trailing for a total of 32 seconds in the victories, but never led during the final three quarters against Washington.

After their win at Connecticut the previous night, the Mystics flew back home Saturday morning, arriving in Washington at 7:30 a.m., but it was the Lynx with the sleepy start.

Currie had a season-high 10 points against the Sun, but topped that with 13 in the first quarter against Minnesota, making all her six of her field goal attempts.

Washington led 23-20 after one and 43-36 at halftime.

Former Minneapolis South star Tayler Hill started at guard for Washington but struggled. The rookie who was selected No. 4 overall in the WNBA draft went 0-for-4 from the field and finished with just two points in 15 minutes of action.

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