MINNEAPOLIS -- Ariel Atkins had 18 points and Emma Meesseman came off the bench to score 17 as the Washington Mystics stretched their winning streak to five games with an 86-79 win over the Minnesota Lynx on Friday, Aug. 16, in Minneapolis.
Atkins added five rebounds and five steals while Meesseman contributed eight assists. Meesseman scored a season-high 25 points in a 101-78 home victory over Minnesota on Sunday.
Elena Delle Donne had 14 points and eight rebounds, Aerial Powers also scored 14 points, and Natasha Cloud tossed in 13 points with eight assists for Washington (19-7).
Sylvia Fowles had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Lynx (13-13). Danielle Robinson and Damiris Dantas added 14 points apiece while Napheesa Collier chipped in 13 points and nine rebounds.
The Lynx emerged from the first half clinging to a 41-39 lead.
Minnesota scored the first four points of the second half to nudge the lead to six. The Lynx eventually took an eight-point edge, but Washington responded with a 14-4 run. The Mystics capped the outburst with a pair of 3-pointers, by Meesseman and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough.
The Lynx finished the quarter with an 11-3 run to regain the advantage at 62-56. Collier capped that off with a three-point play.
Washington began the fourth with an 8-2 spurt to tie the game. The Mystics took a 72-70 lead with 4:10 remaining on an Atkins layup. Meesseman then assisted on a LaToya Sanders jumper for a four-point advantage.
A Dantas trey cut the Mystics' lead to one, but Atkins responded with a jumper. Cloud split a pair of free throws before Meesseman made it 80-73 with a 3-pointer in the final minute.
Fowles sank two free throws with 49 seconds left before Meesseman answered with two of her own.
Collier hit a 3-pointer to slice Washington's lead to four. Meesseman made two more free throws to clinch the Mystics' win.