Mystics 69 - Sun 63
The Connecticut Sun hasn’t lost much lately, but the last two times they have lost has been against the Washington Mystics.
The Mystics beat the second-place Sun, 69-63, behind a dominant performance from forward Emma Meesseman, who checked off her second-straight double-double and had a career-high and game-leading 22 points and 13 rebounds, which also matched her career-high. The Mystic had three other starters in double-figures and Katie Douglas led the Sun with 18 points.
Connecticut has won six straight games and seven of its last eight, but the Mystics were determined to start their homestand strong.
The Mystics were on fire to start the game, making their first seven shots, and guard Ivory Latta was able to rescue the team from a cold stretch by hitting a buzzer-beating three-pointer to end the first quarter.
Both teams had a slow second quarter and the Mystics went into halftime trailing 33-31.
But the team played a great third quarter to build a lead it would not relinquish for the rest of the game. Though the third was dominated by Meesseman, who already had a double-double under her belt before the quarter ended, the entire team shot well and made plays that helped the Mystics outscore the Sun 23-10 in the quarter and build a double-digit lead.
Though the Sun was able to cut the lead to four with six seconds left in the game, time ran out for Connecticut and the Mystics held on to move to 7-9 on the season.
Humble as always, Meesseman downplayed her individual performance and only added after the game that she hopes the win “starts a winning streak.”
The Mystics will try just that as they face the San Antonio Stars Sunday at 4 p.m. at Verizon Center.