WASHINGTON (AP) _ Kara Lawson scored 17 points and Tina Charles had 16 as the Eastern Conference-leading Connecticut Sun beat the last-place Washington Mystics 77-70 on Tuesday for their third straight win.
Tan White added 11 points for the Sun (13-4), which improved to a league-best 7-1 on the road after winning just six times away from home a year ago. Connecticut has won all three meetings with Washington this season and the last seven overall.
The Sun shot 7 for 13 (54 percent) on 3-pointers, led by Lawson’s 3-for-5 effort.
Crystal Langhorne scored 15 points and Michelle Snow had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Mystics (3-13). Matee Ajavon added 13 points, Monique Currie had 12 and Noelle Quinn 10 for the Mystics.
Washington finished with a 38-23 rebounding edge, but has lost three straight and seven of its last eight.
After trailing by 11 in the fourth quarter, the Mystics used a 12-4 run to pull to 67-64 on Currie’s bank shot with 2:59 to go. However, White converted a three-point play as the Sun shot 8 for 9 on free throws in the final 2:01 to seal the win.
After letting a 14-point first quarter lead slip away, the Sun took the lead for good with a 15-2 run bridging the third and
Connecticut scored seven straight points to close the third, capped by White’s 3 for a 55-50 lead. After Langhorne’s layup to open the fourth, White sank another shot from beyond the arc during an 8-0 surge as the Sun stretched the lead to 63-52.
The Mystics then made their final push.
The Sun got off to a fast start, making 11 consecutive shots in the first quarter to take a 26-12 lead. However, they slowed
dramatically after that and Washington took advantage. Ajavon made one of her three 3s to give the Mystics a 39-38 lead with 7:01 to go in the third quarter.
The teams then played close until the Sun’s big run.
The teams play again Wednesday night at Connecticut.
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