Langhorne, Mystics hold on for 74-63 win over Sun - NBC Sports

Langhorne, Mystics hold on for 74-63 win over Sun
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WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 11: Allison Hightower #23 of the Connecticut Sun drives against Matee Ajavon #22 of the Washington Mystics at the Verizon Center on August 11, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
August 11, 2013, 7:06 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) Crystal Langhorne scored 18 points and the Washington Mystics held on for a 74-63 victory over the Connecticut Sun on Sunday.

Ivory Latta added 14 points, including a crucial late 3-pointer to help seal the victory for the Mystics (11-13), who won their second straight to keep hold of sole possession of fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

Monique Currie added 12 points and Michelle Snow grabbed 10 rebounds for Washington, which had its 21-point third-quarter lead shrink to four during the fourth.

Tina Charles scored 18 points and Kelsey Griffin added 17 for the last-place Sun (6-15), who lost their third straight and sixth in their past eight.

It was Connecticut's second loss this season against their former coach Mike Thibault, who now coaches Washington. Thibault was fired last November after 10 seasons leading the Sun.

Down 54-33, Connecticut used a 26-9 run to cut it to 63-59, capped when Griffin converted a tough three-point play.

But Connecticut missed shots on its next three possessions, including an open 3-point attempt from Allison Hightower that could've cut the deficit to two.

Then Latta and Matee Ajavon each hit a pair of foul shots, and after long offensive rebounds on 3-point misses from Latta and Currie, Latta hit a 3-pointer from the right baseline to stretch it to 71-63 with 44.5 seconds remaining.

The Mystics hit three of four foul shots down the stretch, including a pair from Currie.

Washington led by 15 at halftime, helped by buzzer-beating 3-pointers to end the first and second quarters.

Nadira McKenith's 3-pointer from just inside half court made it 23-7 after one, and Tayler Hill hit another 3, one of two 3-pointers on passes from Latta in an 8-0 Mystics run to close the half up 38-23

Washington stretched it to 45-25 early in the third on Currie's jumper and eventually to 54-33 on Kia Vaughn's jumper.

The 23-7 first quarter was the Mystics' best defensive performance over a quarter this season and the Sun's second-lowest scoring quarter of the year.

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