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Recap: Natasha Cloud erupts for 26 points in Mystics’ 94-85 win over Liberty

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The Washington Mystics improved to 3-1 on the season by defeating a scrappy New York Liberty team.

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Natasha Cloud led the Mystics with 26 points in the Mystics’ Friday night win over the Liberty.
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Last night, the Washington Mystics (3-1) won their third game of the season against the New York Liberty (0-4), 94-85. Washington fought off a scrappy New York team that was looking to record its first win of the season.

New York jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter, and at one point led by as many as 10 points. However, Washington ramped up its defense and closed the gap in order to end the first quarter trailing just 26-20.

Natasha Cloud led the Mystics in scoring with a career-high 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 15 points off the bench and LaToya Sanders scored 14.

Washington won by attacking the rim, denying the passing lanes and by sinking their free-throws, going 27-for-28 from the line. Cloud’s 26 points helped the Mystics as they played without Emma Meesseman (who will be overseas for a month) and dealt with a less-than-stellar night from Elena Delle Donne, who scored 13 points off of 5-of-14 shooting.

Tina Charles (27 points), Bria Hartley (14 points), Rebecca Allen (13 points) and Asia Durr (11 points) tried to keep the Liberty in the game, but the Mystics’ half-court defense caused problems all second half for New York.

The Mystics ended the first half leading 50-49. New York made a final push in the fourth quarter, but Washington’s energy was too much to handle.

Next up for the Mystics

The Mystics will be at home for their next game to take on the Dallas Wings this Sunday, June 9, at 3 p.m. ET. Watch the game on WNBA League Pass or NBC Sports Washington.

Next up for the Liberty

The Liberty will take on the Las Vegas Aces at home this Sunday, June 9, at 3 p.m. ET. Watch the game on WNBA League Pass or FOX Sports Go.