Mystics 89 - Sun 75
The third-place Washington Mystics picked up a big win over the fourth-place Connecticut Sun this afternoon 89-75 in front of a season-high 16,028 in attendance.
The Mystics were jumpstarted out of the gate by a 12-point first quarter performance from guard Monique Currie. But this being the first game after the All-Star break, it is only fitting that it was Mystics All-Star guard Ivory Latta that led the team the rest of the way.
Latta led all scorers with a game-high 23 points on an efficient 9/14 shooting, including 5/7 from three, and also added six assists. Connecticut forward Chiney Ogwumike led the Sun with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
The Mystics were able to pull off the win today despite being outrebounded 33-27, including giving up 15 offensive rebounds. The second chance opportunities gave the Sun a chance and made the game much closer than the final score suggests, as the game was tied at 59 going into the fourth quarter.
But in the end, an impressive 30-point effort from Washington in the final period propelled the Mystics to a win and further solidified their spot in the playoff race.
The final quarter included a big three from Latta to give the Mystics a 68-66 lead. The following Washington possession, Currie absorbed contact on a layup and extended the lead to 71-66 with another three-point play. The final stake in the Sun heart was a final and-one from center Stefanie Dolson that gave the Mystics an 80-70 lead with just over three minutes to go in the game.
The Mystics (11-13) are now 3-0 against the Sun this season and will face the Tulsa Shock Friday night at 7 p.m. here at Verizon Center.