WASHINGTON (AP) -- Last season, the Washington Mystics often faded during the waning minutes of games while finishing with only five wins.
Two days ago, the Minnesota Lynx looked unbeatable, scoring 99 points in a flashy offensive performance in a 20-point win. That effort did not carry over to their first road game while Washington certainly did not resemble a last-place team.
Ivory Latta scored 17 of her 24 points in the second half and Monique Currie had 23 as the Mystics fended off Minnesota's fourth quarter rally and beat the Lynx 85-80 on Saturday night.
Currie scored 18 in the first half and combined with Latta to shoot 17 for 26 on field goals for the Mystics (3-1). Coupled with Friday's 66-62 victory at Connecticut, Washington has won consecutive games for the first time since 2010.
"We're more than halfway to our total wins from last year just four games in," said Currie, one of only four players left from last season's team that finished 5-29. "It feels great. We've been working hard and we deserve to finally kind of change the tide of what has been happening here."
Maya Moore scored 22 points and Rebekkah Brunson had 21 points and 17 rebounds for the Lynx (2-1), who shot 38.5 percent from the field and 62 percent (13 of 21) at the foul line. Seimone Augustus also scored 21 for Minnesota, which had won four straight over the Mystics.
Moore and Augustus, both members of the U.S. women's gold medal-winning Olympic team along with guard Lindsay Whalen, shot a combined 15 of 44 on their field goal attempts.
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