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June 30, 2013

Shock hits wall in D.C.

WASHINGTON — Ivory Latta scored 15 points and the Washington Mystics posted their largest margin of victory in nearly three years in an 84-61 win over the Tulsa Shock on Sunday.

Monique Currie scored 13 points, Crystal Langhorne added 11, and Matee Ajavon had 10 for Washington (5-6), which snapped a five-game losing streak with its second win over Tulsa this year.

The game marked Washington’s fewest points allowed and Tulsa’s fewest points scored this season.

The Mystics also held the Shock (3-10) to nine points in the third quarter, another season low for Washington’s defense and Tulsa’s offense. It was Mystics’ first win by more than 20 points since defeating Tulsa 87-62 on Aug. 1, 2010.

Before Sunday, Washington allowed an average of just over 90 points per game during its five game skid.

Roneeka Hodges scored 16 points to lead Tulsa, which has lost its first three games in a four-game road trip after winning two straight at home.

Liz Cambage added nine points in her second game back from an ankle injury, but played just over 17 minutes while struggling through foul trouble. She picked up her third personal with 7:42 to play in the second quarter, and her fourth with 7:36 to play in the third.

The Shock matched the Mystics early, but after a first half with 11 ties and six lead changes, the Mystics closed the half on a 9-0 run to lead 44-34. Washington eventually built the lead to 24 points late in the third quarter.

Latta scored 10 of her points during that stretch, including a technical foul shot off Tulsa’s second delay-of-game violation to close the first half. Her 3-pointer from the left pushed it to 53-36 midway through the third quarter, and a floating jumper stretched it to 62-40.

Washington stretched its lead to 27 points three times during the fourth quarter.

Sequoyah High grad Angel Goodrich scored two points for Tulsa.

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