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Mystics vs. Dream final score: Strong bench play lifts Washington to 86-79 victory

The Mystics take on the #1 team in the East and emerge victorious.

Stewart W. Small

The Mystics snapped their three-game losing streak on the road Sunday afternoon, beating the conference-leading Atlanta Dream 86-79.

Emma Meesseman and Tayler Hill continued to lead the charge on offense. Meesseman had 15 points, despite being covered by five-time WNBA All Defense team selection Sancho Lyttle for most of the night. Hill lead all Mystics in scoring with 17 points on just 9 shots. Hill was also one of four Mystics players with three assists; as a team, the Mystics assisted on 20 of 28 made baskets.

For the Dream, Angel McCoughtry lead the way with 28 points. Elizabeth Williams chipped in with 21 points of her own. Sancho Lyttle had eleven rebounds and eight points, passing the 3,000 point mark for her career.

Game Notes

The Mystics' depth saves the day

Things got off to an abysmal start, with the Dream racing out to a 9-2 lead. The speed and athleticism of Atlanta’s starting lineup bothered the Mystics on both ends of the floor and they struggled to find any sort of rhythm.

But the Mystics have perhaps the deepest bench in the entire league, while the Dream have one of the shallowest.  Atlanta’s starters outscored Washington’s by an incredible 65-46, but the Mystics bench held an even more incredible 40-14 advantage. Ivory Latta chipped in 12 points and 3 assists off the bench, while Tianna Hawkins and Ally Mallot each added 10.

Get well soon, Kahleah Copper!

Mystics’ rookie Kahleah Copper missed the game due to a concussion. She was watching though:

Get well soon, Kahleah! The Mystics definitely could have used her out there to help stop McCoughtry, though Ally Mallot gave a great effort and hit enough shots to make it work.