Mys­tics vs. Con­necti­cut Sun

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - — Gene Wang

Where: Ver­i­zon Cen­ter, 7 p.m. Records:Sun, 7-6. Mys­tics, 7-6;

Back ended ona sea­son-worsttrack: The Mys­tics three­game vic­tory losin­gover the streak In­di­ana with Fev­era 68-50 on Meesse­manFri­day night. had For­ward14 points Emma and tied a ca­reer high with 13 re­bounds, and re­serve for­ward La­Toya San­ders chipped in 14 points to equal a ca­reer best in ad­di­tion to ca­reer highs of 10 re­bounds and five as­sists. Washington is tied for third place in the Eastern Con­fer­ence, a game and a half be­hind the first-place New York Lib­erty, with two games left un­til the all-star break. Meesse­man con­tin­ues to lead theMys­tics in scor­ing (13.7) and is sec­ond in re­bound­ing (7.2) be­hind cen­ter Ste­fanie Dol­son (7.6). Meesse­man shot 6 for 11 Fri­day af­ter com­bin­ing to miss 20 of her 30 shots dur­ing the los­ing streak.

Lineup change: Coach Mike Thibault turned to rookie guard Natasha Cloud in the start­ing lineup Fri­day night over vet­eran Ivory Latta, who was the only Mys­tics player in last year’s All-Star Game. Latta had started 79 of 80 games since com­ing to the Dis­trict three years ago, but Thibault in­di­cated he wanted a longer de­fender on the floor. Cloud is listed at 6 feet; Latta is 5-6. The think­ing also was Latta could pro­vide a spark off the bench, but she went a sea­son­worst 1 for 11 from the field, in­clud­ing 1 for 7 from three­p­oint range. It was the third time in the past four games Latta scored five points or fewer. Thibault did not rule out Latta start­ing again though, say­ing, “We might play with it game to game.”

Head-to-head: The Mys­tics and Sun have played once this year, with­Wash­ing­ton win­ning the sea­son opener, 73-68, in Un­casville, Conn. Dol­son led the way with 18 points and 12 re­bounds. The No. 6 over­all pick last sea­son has started 12 of 13 games this year in place of Kia Vaughn, who is re­cov­er­ing from con­cus­sion symp­toms and is not ex­pected back un­til af­ter the all-star break. Guard Alex Bent­ley leads the Sun in scor­ing (17.1), and cen­ter Kelsey Bone is sec­ond in points (14.7) and first in re­bound­ing (6.3). For­mer Mary­land al­lAmer­i­can Alyssa Thomas has started all 13 games for Con­necti­cut in her sec­ond sea­son in the WNBA af­ter be­ing se­lected No. 4 over­all in the 2014 draft. The Sun’s game against In­di­ana on Satur­day was post­poned when the Fever was un­able to travel to Con­necti­cut be­cause of weather and me­chan­i­cal de­lays in­Wash­ing­ton.

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