Mystics - Lynx Recap
By Jack Persons
This year's Mystics have something that past editions have lacked. It may be the addition Mike Thibault, it could be the signing of Ivory Latta, but whatever it is just helped them outplay the Minnesota Lynx.
The Mystics beat the defending Western Conference Champion Lynx, 85-80 in a very physical, demanding game. Ivory Latta finished with totals of 24 points and 5 assists.
"I'm going to do whatever it takes to help the team win," Latta said. "Whether it's making free throws, making a great pass, doing this, doing that, whatever it takes, I want to make sure my team gets the win."
Washington looked fresh all night against one of the best teams in the league, something somewhat unexpected in the second night of back-to-back games. It was especially unexpected considering the first game came on the road against Connecticut. The Mystics flew back to Washington early this morning after pulling out a comeback victory, 66-62.
Monique Currie had an extremely efficient game, scoring 23 points on 9 of 12 shooting, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. She looked poised to post a career high, sparking the Mystics with 20 points in the first half, only missing one of the eight shots she took.
"Our energy had been low to start our last home game," Currie said. "We didn't want to disappoint our fans tonight, so we really came out with some energy and it worked. We were successful."
Washington dominated Minnesota for most of the game, holding a team who had previously averaged 94.5 points this season to 80 points and 39% shooting. The Mystics led the Lynx by as many as 12 points in the second half, until the Lynx made a late run in the fourth quarter.
The Lynx jumped back into the game, riding a 10-1 run to tie it at 68 with 6:36 remaining, but that was as close as they would get as they would never take the lead.
Former number one draft pick Maya Moore fouled out for the Lynx with 1:33 left to play, finishing with 22 points and 6 rebounds.
The Mystics posted their best shooting night of the season so far against the Lynx, making 49% of their shots from the field.
Washington goes to 3-1, their best start since 2010, the last time the team reached the playoffs. The win places the Mystics into a tie for second place with the Chicago Sky in the East Conference.
The Mystics next play at the Verizon Center on Sunday, June 16th against the defending WNBA Champion Indiana Fever. Tipoff will be at 2:00, and can be seen on MonumentalNetwork.com and WNBA LiveAccess.