Washington 52, Minnesota 46
Mystics Make Their Move in Second Half
ROCHESTER, Minn., May 9 -- The Washington Mystics built an 18-point second-half lead and held on to defeat the Minnesota Lynx 52-46 in preseason action Friday night at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minn.
After a Teresa Edwards jump shot tied the score at 25 with 16:24 remaining in the second half, the Mystics exploded with a 20-2 run. Rochester native Coco Miller sparked the rally by scoring eight of her 11 points during the run.
"At the pro level, most coaches in the game feel that it's a game of runs, and we put a run on at an opportune time," said Mystics head coach Marianne Stanley. "That got us over the top."
Minnesota battled back to cut the 18-point deficit to two points with 1:14 remaining by outscoring the Mystics 19-3. Chamique Holdsclaw, who led the Mystics with a double-double (20 points, 11 rebounds) connected on a driving layup with 23.8 seconds on the clock to seal the Washington victory.
Edwards led the Lynx with 13 points, and Tamika Williams recorded a team-high nine rebounds.
"It was sloppy tonight -- a little out of whack, but our effort was good," said Lynx guard Katie Smith. "We just have to fine-tune things and clean things up, and make better decisions."
The Mystics, who never trailed in the game, held a 21-17 advantage after the first the half. Both teams struggled from the field during the first half as the teams shot a combined 12-for-56 from the field (21.4 percent).
Washington is 1-0 in the preseason, while the loss dropped Minnesota's record to 1-1.