FINAL: Mystics 85 | Lynx 81
Mystics: Tina Charles (31), Myisha Hines-Allen (19), Ariel Atkins (17)
Lynx: Napheesa Collier (22), Sylvia Fowles (15), Layshia Clarendon (14)
The Mystics picked up a win on Tuesday night at Entertainment & Sports Arena in DC, defeating the Minnesota Lynx 85-81. Tina Charles had another standout game, scoring a game-high 31 points, marking her fourth 30+ point game of the 2021 season. Coming into this season, Charles had totaled 13 career 30+ point games. Other key players in the team’s victory are Myisha Hines-Allen with 19 points and Ariel Atkins with 17 points.
After a scoreless first two-and-a-half-minutes of the game, Ariel Atkins hit a 16-foot pullup jumper to get the Mystics on the board. Shortly after, the Mystics committed five turnovers and the Lynx went on an 11-0 run, eventually ended by a layup from Natasha Cloud. Washington found some momentum and ended the first quarter trailing the Lynx by one point, 18-17.
The Mystics retook the lead early in the second quarter and held a narrow lead throughout most of the quarter. A pair of free throws by Myisha Hines-Allen helped extend the lead, with Washington up 43-38 going into the half. Tina Charles scored 17 of the team’s 43 first-half points and is averaging 16.0 first-half points this season, the most in the WNBA.
Minnesota retook the lead in the third, but a 12-0 run helped the Mystics take over once again. Multiple turnovers from the Lynx and 12 minutes of Washington’s possession without giving away the ball allowed the Mystics to go on a 20-2 run, taking an 18-point lead. The Mystics stellar third-quarter performance helped them maintain the lead going into the final quarter, up 70-56.
A tough fight was put up by Minnesota in the fourth quarter by Lynx leading scorers Napheesa Collier, Sylvia Fowles, and Layshia Clarendon, eventually narrowing the Mystics lead to 8 points. Washington’s improved third-quarter performance and playing well on both sides of the ball led the Mystics to an 85-81 victory over the Minnesota Lynx.
Natasha Cloud Milestone
Natasha Cloud added 11 points, 8 assists, and had a career-high 6 steals in Tuesday night’s game, marking a milestone 1,000 career points. Cloud, who has played her entire professional career in DC, notes the importance of community support in reaching this milestone, saying, “the community that’s taken me in, that’s embraced me, that’s allowed me to grow; from a young rookie to a seven-year vet. I feel constantly loved and embraced.”
The Mystics next game is on Thursday, June 10 at 7:00 PM against the Los Angeles Sparks at Entertainment & Sports Arena.