- The Washington Times - Monday, September 14, 2009

NEW YORK | The New York Liberty closed a disappointing season with a feel-good win, their easiest of the year.

Essence Carson scored 17 points, Tiffany Jackson added 12 and New York beat the playoff-bound Washington Mystics 86-65 on Sunday. Carson scored 14 points and Jackson had 10 in the third quarter as the Liberty built a 16-point lead, had it cut to seven, then pulled away again.

“It was a rough season; we just wanted to end with a bang,” Jackson said.

New York (13-21), which fell one win short of reaching the WNBA Finals last year, will miss the postseason for the fourth time in franchise history. The Liberty, losers of five of their previous six, won by their largest margin since a 77-56 victory over Washington on July 17, 2008.

Monique Currie had 17 points and Matee Ajavon scored 14 for the Mystics (16-18), who shot 35 percent from the field (20-for-58). Washington opens the playoffs on Thursday against top-seeded Indiana at the University of Maryland’s Comcast Center.

“I’m disappointed a little bit in the game because I wanted to finish strong,” Mystics coach Julie Plank said. “The bottom line is we’re healthy. We have a day off tomorrow and we’ve got to focus on Indiana for Thursday.”

Mystics All-Star guard Alana Beard sat out while resting a sore left ankle. She is expected to be ready for the playoffs.

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