Liberty Fall to Mystics

With the game close midway through the fourth quarter, the Mystics (2-2) capitalized on an Alex Montgomery flagrant foul to seize momentum and push forward to a 68-60 victory against the Liberty (2-3) at the Verizon Center Friday night.

New York guard Cappie Pondexter connected on a jump shot with 6:01 left to play to give the Liberty a 54-52 lead, but that would be the last time New York led in the game. Montgomery’s flagrant foul on Washington center Emma Meesseman on the ensuing possession would be the turning point in the game. Mystics forward Jelena Milovanovic and guard Ivory Latta buried back-to-back 3-pointers after Meesseman converted both flagrant free throws to push Washington’s lead to six points—its largest lead since the 5:45 mark in the third quarter.

The Liberty would make another run in the final minutes, as consecutive baskets from guard Anna Cruz and forward Plenette Pierson slashed the Mystics’ lead to four points. However the scoring prowess of Latta proved too much for the Liberty to contain. Washington’s leading scorer finished the night with a team-high 15 points, including 10 points in the final 3:41 of the game.

Pondexter led the way for New York, scoring 20 points on efficient 9-for-14 shooting, breaking the 20-point mark for the first time in 2014. Cruz played a team-high 37 minutes and added 12 points and four assists. Center Tina Charles led the Liberty with seven rebounds.

The Liberty will next take the floor Saturday night at 7 p.m. against the Indiana Fever at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.