The Washington Mystics held off a late 7-0 run by the San Antonio Stars and won 66-63. Ivory Latta led the Mystics with 23 points.
Though Washington scored just one field goal in the fourth quarter, the Mystics came away with a 66-63 win over San Antonio.
The free-throw line was the game-changer for the Mystics (12-7) late, going 12-for-12 in the final quarter alone. They finished 18-for-22 on the night, whereas San Antonio (6-16) made just five in its six attempts.
However, it was a crucial step out of bounds by Jia Perkins that may have cost the Stars their first road win of the season. The Stars are now 0-11 in away games and had a 3-game home winning game streak on the line for the Mystics.
Hill scored Washington’s only fourth-quarter field goal at the 2:35 mark to give a 64-56 lead before San Antonio went on a 7-0 run.
The Stars were down just 63-64, when they inbounded the ball with 19 seconds left on the clock. After holding the ball for the final possession, Jia Perkins got the ball on the far right side of the court and approached the arc for a last-second 3-pointer when her foot stepped just over the line.
Washington would get possession with seven seconds remaining and secure the game with two Ivory Latta free throws.
With just under five minutes remaining in the second quarter, Danielle Robinson collided with her own coach on a hustle play, sending him into the bench. Robinson had to be carted off the floor on a stretcher.
Latta finished with 23 points for the Mystics. Just two other Mystics finished in double figures—Tayler Hill with 13 and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt with 10.
Starters Stefanie Dolson (6), Emma Meesseman (2) and Natasha Cloud (2) combined for just 10 points.
San Antonio was a similar situation as Perkins (23), Kayla McBride (18) and Sophia Young-Malcolm (17) combined for all but five of the team’s points.
Notes: As referenced, Stars head coach Dan Hughes left the game due to injury, but “is doing well,” according to a team representative when contacted by Swish Appeal.