The Washington Mystics were prepared to host the Minnesota Lynx. Washington came into the game on a two-game losing streak that they were trying to snap. At first, Minnesota gave them a run for their money. Soon enough though, Washington let it be known who was in the driver’s seat.
Minnesota was very dominant to open up the game. They got off to an early 11-5 lead with just under four minutes remaining in the first quarter. Eventually, Tina Charles started to get involved for Washington. Still, her 8 points and 100% shooting from both the field and 3-point land would not be enough to allow her team to take the lead. By the end of the quarter, Washington came within one. Minnesota led 18-17 going into the second.
Second Quarter Turnaround
It did not take long for Washington to take their first lead of the game. Ariel Atkins made a jumper just a few seconds into the second quarter. A little under the halfway mark, Washington took a 4-point lead. They did a good job at limiting the number of turnovers to get themselves back into this one. From that point on, Washington never looked back. The home team was ahead 43-38 at the break.
Beginning of the third quarter Minnesota tried to ease their way back into the game Only. four minutes into it, they were able to come within 3. At the 6:38 mark, a basket from behind the arc by Minnesota’s Kayla McBride tied it all up at 47. Washington took offense to that and put their foot on the gas. With only 1:30 left, they took a 14 point advantage. That was the largest lead of games thus far.
Attempt at a Comeback
Minnesota let it be known that they were not going away. They opened up the fourth quarter on an 8-2 run. Washington’s lead was cut to 8 just that fast as they were only leading 74-62. With 25 seconds remaining in regulation, it was a 4- point game once again. nonetheless, Washington was able to hold on and beat Minnesota 85-81.
Charles led the way with 31 points. Behind her was Myishab Hines-Allen with 19. Atkins finished with 17.
Washington’s Coach Mike Thibault pointed out that the end of the third quarter was the difference-maker in the game.
“I thought we stayed a little bit more in ourselves offensively,” he said. “ Defensively we upped it a notch and made it tough particularly in the third quarter.”
Washington will host Los Angeles on Thursday, June 10 at 7:00 pm.
Minnesota will host Los Angeles on Saturday June 12 at 8:00 pm.