- - Sunday, August 25, 2019

Aerial Powers sat by her locker with her cellphone in her right hand and a big bag of ice in her left hand.

The Mystics guard, after a poor shooting performance Friday, took a blow to the eye late in the first quarter Sunday.

But she bounced back to score 14 points with four assists in just 19 minutes of action as Washington blew out the New York Liberty 101-72 at home Sunday.

Washington (21-8) won for the sixth time in seven games and took over first in the Eastern Conference. Powers was one of four Mystics in double figures.

After an 85-78 loss in Chicago on Friday, the Mystics jumped out to a 17-point lead over the Liberty after the first quarter and cruised at The Entertainment and Sports Center in Southeast D.C. on Sunday.

Emma Meesseman, of Belgium, came off the bench and scored 10 of her 14 points in the first quarter and had four assists. She hit a pair of three-pointers and then put in an offensive rebound just before the buzzer to give the Mystics a 31-14 advantage going into the second quarter.

“Emma is so efficient,” Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne said. “It just puts defenses on their heels. That was so big for us to get a lead.”

Delle Donne had nine of her 22 points in the first quarter and added 10 boards as she continues to play with a mask on her face after an injury earlier this season.

“It is nice to get that taste out,” Delle Donne said. “It was a learning process. We were a mess (on defensive rotations Friday).”

Mystics guard Natasha Cloud added five assists and former Maryland standout Tianna Hawkins added 15 points off the bench.

New York (9-20), after losing Friday by three points to Atlanta, was just 27 of 72 from the field. New York’s Kia Nurse had 24 points and Liberty’s leading scorer Tina Charles added 16.

The Mystics host Los Angeles at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. The Sparks are 18-10 after beating Connecticut 84-72 on Sunday. Los Angeles knocked the Sun out of the top spot in the WNBA standings. Washington has five games left and ends regular-season play Sept. 8.

“That is a nice bounceback win after a disappointment on Friday,” Thibault said. “Obviously we shared the ball and moved the ball.”

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