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Coming off their largest margin of victory of the season — 42 points Sunday at Phoenix — the Silver Stars had to fend off a late rally to beat the Mystics.
Currie rallied the Mystics in the fourth, hitting a jumper to cut the lead to 63-52 with 7 minutes left. Langhorne hit two jumpers to pull Washington to 67-61 with 4 minutes remaining.
Robinson hit her second straight short jumper to give San Antonio a 71-62 lead a minute later. Robinson scored six of her points in the final 3 minutes to help the Silver Stars preserve their win streak.
San Antonio’s Shameka Christon stole a crosscourt pass with less than two minutes remaining on a 3-on-2 break and the Mystics trailing 71-65. Young hit one of two free throws on the next possession.
Hammon opened the second half with a 3-pointer and a driving layup to extend San Antonio’s lead to 40-32. She added another 3 following a layup by Robinson to extend the Silver Stars‘ advantage to 47-37 with 5:23 left in the third.
Despite going 3 for 15 to open the game, the Silver Stars tied the game at 9-all on a pair of free throws by Young. The Mystics didn’t fare much better offensively, going 3 for 13 in the first quarter. Jayne Appel had four of her game-high 10 rebounds in the first 5 minutes.
San Antonio closed the period with an 18-13 lead behind their reserves. Jia Perkins and Danielle Adams scored seven points in a 9-4 run at the close of the quarter.
Silver Stars coach Dan Hughes was assessed a technical foul with 3 minutes left in the first half after throwing his jacket onto the bench and had to be restrained by Young. Hughes was upset with a no call when Robinson lost the ball on a contested layup on a fast-break.
The technical sparked a pair of 3-pointers by Hammon that gave the Silver Stars a 33-27 lead. The Mystics erased the deficit on a 3-pointer by Thomas and a long jumper by Currie with 0.2 seconds left. Currie’s shot was initially ruled a 3 but changed after a video review at the half.
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