Lynx at a glance: The Lynx (18-6) suffered their most lopsided loss of the season Tuesday, 108-79 at Connecticut. One reason the Lynx still have the WNBA's best record is they bounce back; only once have they lost two games in a row. ... The magic number for the Lynx to clinch a playoff spot for the first time since 2004 is any combination of Lynx victories and Los Angeles losses adding up to two. ... Guard Lindsay Whalen's 16 points in the second quarter against the Sun fell one short of the team record for points in a quarter. ... Bench players have scored 30, 31 and 30 points the past three games. ... The Lynx have lost three consecutive games to the Mystics going back to 2009; Washington won 87-76 on the road and 61-58 at home last year.
Mystics at a glance: Washington (5-17) is mired in last place in the Eastern Conference. It has lost seven of its past nine games, beating only New York twice in that stretch. But the Liberty won 69-66 on Tuesday in their third meeting in three weeks. ... Two former Lynx players, center Nicky Anosike and guard Kelly Miller, start for the Mystics, and both average eight points per game. Anosike averages a team-high 8.2 rebounds. ... Crystal Langhorne, a 6-2 forward, averages 18.9 points, fourth-best in the league, and is shooting 58 percent from the field, second-best. She scored 25 points in the Mystics' loss Tuesday.
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