The Mystics are back in prime form after beating the Minnesota Lynx on Wednesday, 79-71.
Kristi Toliver was on fire, scoring 20 of 32 points in the first half as Washington took a 44-32 lead in the first half and led by 20 points at one point.. Toliver added 6 assists and 3 steals with her performance. Elena Delle Donne and Natasha Cloud added 11 and 10 points, respectively for Washington.
For the Lynx, Lexie Brown scored 19 points off the bench shooting 7-of-15 overall and 5-of-10 from beyond the three-point line. Sylvia Fowles added 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Sylvia Fowles and Napheesa Collier had double-doubles, but they weren’t exactly helping Minnesota stay in the game. Brown on the other hand did. Washington led by 20 points with under two minutes left in the third quarter. The Minnesota could have “thrown in the towel” at that point, Brown stayed hot and scored 6 points in an 8-0 run they made to finish that period.
Of course, the Mystics ran the score back up again. But Brown definitely kept this game interesting for the Lynx.
Neither team shot particularly well as a whole though Toliver and Fowles had strong individual performances. However, the Mystics forced the Lynx to commit 21 turnovers in their win.
The Mystics are now heading to the All-Star break. Their next game will be on Tuesday, July 30 when they host the Phoenix Mercury. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. ET.