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Associated Press, Published June 08 2013

Latta’s strong second half lifts Mystics past Lynx

WASHINGTON – Ivory Latta scored 17 of her 24 points in the second half and Monique Currie had 23 as the Washington Mystics fended off Minnesota’s fourth-quarter rally and beat the Lynx 85-80 on Saturday night.

Currie scored 18 in the first half and combined with Latta to shoot 17-for-26 on field goals for the Mystics (3-1), who won only five games last season. Coupled with Friday’s 66-62 victory at Connecticut, Washington has won consecutive games for the first time since 2010.

Rebekkah Brunson had 21 points and 17 rebounds for the Lynx (2-1), who shot 38.5 percent from the field and 62 percent (13 of 21) at the foul line. Seimone Augustus also scored 21 for Minnesota, which had won four straight over the Mystics.

Minnesota 20 16 22 22 – 80

Washington 23 20 24 18 – 85

MINNESOTA (80): M.Moore 6-17 6-8 22, Brunson 8-11 4-6 21, McCarville 1-2 0-0 2, Augustus 9-27 2-3 21, Whalen 5-12 0-2 10, Harris 0-1 0-0 0, Wright 1-8 1-2 4, Peters 0-0 0-0 0, Jarry 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-78 13-21 80.

WASHINGTON (85): Currie 9-12 3-5 23, Langhorne 5-9 1-2 11, Vaughn 3-6 1-2 7, Latta 8-14 6-6 24, Hill 0-4 2-2 2, Ajavon 1-7 2-2 4, Snow 2-3 2-2 6, Ruffin-Pratt 1-4 4-7 6, Meesseman 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 30-61 21-28 85.

3-Point Goals – Minnesota 7-18 (M.Moore 4-9, Brunson 1-1, Wright 1-1, Augustus 1-6, Harris 0-1), Washington 4-11 (Currie 2-2, Latta 2-4, Langhorne 0-1, Ajavon 0-2, Hill 0-2). Fouled Out – M.Moore. Rebounds – Minnesota 55 (Brunson 17), Washington 39 (Currie, Langhorne, Vaughn 6). Assists – Minnesota 21 (Whalen 9), Washington 18 (Latta 5). Total Fouls – Minnesota 22, Washington 17. Technicals – Minnesota defensive three second 2, Washington defensive three second. A – 7,870 (10,100).