The Washington Mystics (12-6) defeated the Minnesota Lynx (10-10) on Wednesday afternoon in both teams’ final game before the WNBA All-Star break.
The Mystics were in control and led by as many as 20 points in the first half, on their way to a 79-71 win. Kristi Toliver scored 20 of her season-high 32 points in the first half on 11-of-17 shooting from the field and made 5-of-8 three-pointers. Toliver was particularly hot in the first quarter where she scored 15 of her 20 first-half points and made all six of her shots.
Washington didn’t just win this game because of Toliver’s hot shooting. The Mystics’ defense forced the Lynx to commit 21 turnovers, including six in the first quarter.
Elena Delle Donne scored 11 points and Natasha Cloud added 10 more.
For the Lynx, Sylvia Fowles and Napheesa Collier both had double-doubles. Fowles had 18 points and 12 rebounds while Collier had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Though both shot efficiently, they also had seven turnovers combined.
Lexie Brown led Minnesota’s scorers with 19 points off the bench. She scored 12 of them in the third quarter and helped the Lynx keep things manageable when the Mystics had a 20-point lead with just 1:48 left in that period. Unfortunately, Brown’s effort came when the Mystics had the game in hand.
The Mystics’ next game is on Tuesday, July 30, versus the Phoenix Mercury. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET. The Lynx’s next game is on Saturday, August 3, when they play the Fever in Indiana. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET.