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WNBA: Tina Charles, Mystics take down undefeated Liberty for first win

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Tina Charles scored 34 points Friday night for the host Washington Mystics, who snapped out of their shooting slump and cruised to a 101-72 win over the New York Liberty.

Ariel Atkins had 25 points for the Mystics (1-2), who entered the night last in the WNBA in both shooting (27.9 percent) and 3-point shooting (15.5 percent). They shot 47.3 percent (35 of 74) overall Friday and 51.6 percent (16 of 31) from 3-point land Friday.

Atkins (5-for-7) and Charles (4-for-7) were a combined 9-for-14 from beyond the arc.

Shavonte Zellous added 11 points and Erica McCall pulled down 13 rebounds for the Mystics, who led by six at the half before outscoring the Liberty 49-26 over the final 20 minutes.

Betnijah Laney scored 20 points as the Liberty (3-1) fell for the first time. Kylee Shook had 11 points and Sabrina Ionescu, who had the first triple-double in franchise history Tuesday night, finished with 10 points.

The Mystics raced out to an 8-0 lead before the Liberty hit its next three shots to begin a 14-5 run. It ended with Ionescu draining the 3-pointer that gave New York its only lead with 6:09 left in the first.

The Mystics mounted a 16-0 run and held the Liberty scoreless over 11 straight possessions before Jazmine Jones hit a free throw with seven seconds left to cut Washington’s lead to 29-15. New York chipped away in the second, when Laney had eight points during a 13-3 run that pulled the visitors within 40-38 with 3:50 remaining.

The Mystics carried a 52-46 lead into the third and drained their first five shots of the period to fuel an 18-5 run in which Charles scored eight points. The Liberty got no closer than 12 the rest of the period before Washington opened the fourth on a 14-0 run and eventually expanded the lead to 32.

–Field Level Media

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