BRADENTON, Fla. — Myisha Hines-Allen racked up 26 points as the Washington Mystics rode an efficient offense to an 89-86 upset of the Minnesota Lynx on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at IMG Academy in Bradenton.
The Mystics, clinging to hopes of making the playoffs in the final week of the regular season, recovered from a rough stretch late in the third quarter. They stretched their lead to 85-78 by the two-minute mark by draining four consecutive free throws.
The Lynx responded with the next four points and had two possessions in the last 30 seconds with a chance to tie. The gap closed to 85-84 on Bridget Carleton's layup at the 9.4-second mark. Tianna Hawkins hit four free throws in the final eight seconds for Washington (6-13) to help seal it.
Emma Meesseman and Ariel Atkins finished with 18 points each and Hawkins posted 14 points off the bench for Washington, which has secured two victories in a three-game span for the first time since winning its first three games of the season.
Hines-Allen made 11 of 17 shots from the field and added nine rebounds and four assists. The Mystics shot 54.1 percent from the field and made 14 of 15 foul shots.
Napheesa Collier's 21 points with 11 rebounds and Crystal Dangerfield's 20 points with seven assists paced the Lynx (13-7), which suffered consecutive losses for the first time this season.
Odyssey Sims added 17 points and Damiris Dantas had 14 points.
Minnesota lost for the second time in its last five outings.
The Mystics led 48-41 at halftime, marking the same point total it had for the entire game in their first meeting with Minnesota
The Lynx surged ahead by scoring the last seven points of the third quarter — all in the final minute — for a 70-67 lead.
Hines-Allen heated up again in the fourth quarter as Washington went back ahead and held a five-point edge with less than five minutes to play.