- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 12, 2011

SEATTLE  — Mystics leading scorer Crystal Langhorne scored 10 points in her return to the lineup, but Washington dropped a 79-71 decision to the Seattle Storm on Tuesday for its fourth straight loss.

Langhorne, who averages 18.1 points, missed three games because of back pain. She hadn’t played since June 26.

Sue Bird scored 22 points, Swin Cash added 20 and Camille Little had 12 for Seattle (7-4), which has won three of four - a stretch that started with a 73-63 victory at Washington on July 3.

The Mystics (2-9) were led by Marissa Coleman’s 16 points, and Matee Ajavon added 13.

Washington closed to 76-71 but was held scoreless for the final 2:08.

Seattle built leads of 12 points five times, the last at 59-47 late in the third quarter.

The Mystics used long-range shooting to stay in the game, making 10 of 17 attempts from behind the 3-point arc. Washington cut its deficit to two at 61-59 on Nicky Anosike’s two free throws with 9:37 left.