Minneapolis, Minn. – With a 27-point performance by their own number 23, the Lynx were able to record season win number 23 in a 75-69 victory over the Washington Mystics Friday.
However, none of Maya Moore’s shots were as important as the one she hit with 44 seconds remaining.
After losing her balance at the top of the key, Moore proceeded to knock down a one-legged jump shot to extend the lead to 68-63 after Washington narrowed it to within two.
“Get back up, cross over and refused to let our team get another shot clock violation because I think we set a record of shot clock violations tonight,” Moore said. “I just wanted to get a shot up and ended up getting it kind of in my rhythm. I’m just thankful it went in.”
The win now puts the Lynx in a first place tie with the Los Angeles Sparks at 23-5 for the season.
“Obviously a really good first half for us then a really bad second half for us”, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. “But I told the team, this is the kind of environment that is good for us. Obviously getting a win and talking about what you need to do better is always preferable, but… for whatever reason, we didn’t come out at halftime. We never came back out after halftime.”
Sylvia Fowles had her eighth double-double of the season, with 15 points and 17 rebounds. She said it all comes down to helping her team anyway she can.
“We were struggling in the second half and anything that I can do to give our team that pep – that was my focus throughout the game,” Fowles said.
Mystics coach Mike Thibault attributed the loss to foul trouble.
“I think the difference tonight was that (Tierra) Ruffin-Pratt got in to foul trouble, and she usually plays well against Maya,” Thibault said. “Part of it was we had to foul at the end, but she made a sensational shot when the game was on the line.”
The Mystics effort was led by Minnesota native Tayler Hill, who scored 15 points.
The Lynx host the Sun on Sunday before visiting the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday.