WASHINGTON (AP) — Ivory Latta scored 21 points and Kara Lawson added 14 as the surging Washington Mystics moved into second place in the Eastern Conference with a 77-67 win over the Atlanta Dream on Sunday.
The Mystics (13-13) have won four straight and six of seven games. Washington trails East-leading Atlanta by three games.
The Dream (15-9) have lost a season-high four games. The last three setbacks have come without head coach Michael Cooper. Recently diagnosed with tongue cancer, Cooper remains on medical leave after undergoing surgery Thursday.
Sancho Lyttle led Atlanta with 19 points.
The Dream won the season series 3-1.
Washington took control with a 12-2 second half run and led by 11 in the fourth quarter. Latta and Lawson combined for 15 points in the final period.
LYNX 76, SUN 65
UNCASVILLE, Connecticut (AP) — Maya Moore had 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists to help the Lynx beat the Sun.
Rebekkah Brunson had nine points and 10 rebounds for the Lynx (20-6) and Janel McCarville had 11 points and seven rebounds. Seimone Augustus also scored 13.
Kelsey Bone had 15 points and nine rebounds and Alyssa Thomas added eight points and nine rebounds for the Sun (10-16), who have lost 10 of 12.
It was just the second game in which defending WNBA champion Minnesota had its entire team available. Brunson missed the first 24 games after knee surgery. Augustus returned Friday after being out eight games with a knee injury.
SHOCK 79, SKY 69
TULSA, Oklahoma (AP) — Glory Johnson scored 14 of her 15 points in the second half and had 11 rebounds to help the Tulsa Shock beat the Sky.
It was just Tulsa’s second win in its last nine games.
Unable to find its offensive rhythm for most of the first three quarters, Tulsa finally found its stride finishing the third with an 11-2 run. Odyssey Sims tied the game 56-56 with a driving layup with 18.8 seconds left in the period.
Through the game’s first 27 minutes, Tulsa (9-17) had just 11 field goals and four assists. The Shock made 13 field goals on 11 assists over the game’s final 13 minutes.
Allie Quigley and Epiphanny Prince each scored 14 points for the Sky (10-15), who lost for the seventh time in their last nine games