WASHINGTON - Sylvia Fowles collected 21 points, 12 rebounds and four steals Thursday, June 7, as the Minnesota Lynx clamped down defensively in the fourth quarter for an 88-80 win over the Washington Mystics at Capital One Arena in Washington.
Maya Moore tallied 19 points for Minnesota, while Seimone Augustus added 16, passing Katie Douglas for 12th in WNBA all-time scoring. Tanisha Wright came off the bench to score 13 points.
Natasha Cloud scored 17 points and dished out nine assists to lead the Mystics, while Kristi Toliver added 15 points and Ariel Atkins hit for 10. But Washington (5-4) managed to score only 11 points in the fourth quarter, enabling Minnesota (3-5) to snap a rare four-game losing streak.
Tied at 77, the Lynx took the lead for good when Danielle Robinson drained a jumper with 2:49 remaining off a Fowles feed. Rebekkah Brunson then picked a good time for her only bucket, sinking a 3-pointer at the 1:33 mark for a five-point lead, and Wright drilled two free throws with 24.2 seconds on the clock to clinch it.
Minnesota outgunned Washington in a high-scoring first half, overcoming the Mystics' fast start. A 3-pointer by Cloud just 2:39 into the game gave Washington a 13-4 lead, but the Lynx rallied and took a 27-25 edge to the second quarter when Augustus drained a 3-pointer with 5.3 seconds left.
After falling behind by eight in the second quarter, the Mystics rallied to take a 40-39 advantage as Cloud converted a reverse layup in transition with 2:35 left in the half. However, Minnesota responded with a 9-2 spurt, Fowles sinking two foul shots with 26.6 seconds remaining for a 48-42 halftime lead.
Washington fought back in the third quarter, using consecutive buckets from Atkins to take a 55-52 advantage at the 6:34 mark. From there, the lead see-sawed before Monique Currie hit two free throws with two seconds left to give the Mystics a 69-68 edge going to the fourth quarter.