Preview: Lynx vs. Mystics

Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen and Anna Cruz (left to right) will look to revenge a loss to the Mystics on Wednesday night.

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Shutting down Maya Moore and the league-leading Minnesota Lynx was a huge accomplishment for the Washington Mystics.

Knocking them off again three days later would be even bigger.

Washington looks to win back-to-back games for the first time this month Wednesday night when it visits Minnesota.

The Mystics (14-9) won 77-69 at home on Sunday, ending a three-game winning streak for the Lynx (18-7). Ivory Latta had 20 points in 23 minutes off the bench on 14 field-goal attempts – her second-most this year. Washington improved to 5-0 when she scores 20-plus points.

"My posts were just like, ‘Ivory I got you,’" she said. "I give all the credit to my teammates, they just kept telling me to shoot it and gave me that confidence."

On the other side of the floor, Moore was held to 12 points on 4-of-15 shooting after totaling 68 in her previous two games and scoring 20 or more in 14 of 16. Moore totaled 23 free-throw attempts in her last two but was held to four Sunday.

Mystics coach Mike Thibault credited Tierra Ruffin-Pratt’s defense as a big reason why they were able to limit Moore.

"I’m sure they’ll be ready with something else on Wednesday, but we did what we were supposed to do today," he said.

Moore is 24 points shy of the 3,000-point mark for her career and five rebounds short of passing Tamika Raymond for second on the franchise’s all-time list.

The Mystics, who improved to 6-1 against Western Conference opponents and are two games back of East-leading New York, are in the midst of their most challenging stretch of the season. They play a home-and-home with defending East champion Chicago on Friday and Sunday, then host reigning league champion Phoenix on Aug. 28.

"It’s a big win for our fans, a big win for us. They’re the best team in the Western Conference," said center Stefanie Dolson, who had 12 points and seven rebounds. "We have them again on Wednesday when we go back there. We just have to take what we did there and add to it – not get complacent with how this game went."

Minnesota is 5-3 against the East and 10-2 at the Target Center. Moore has averaged 25.7 points in her last six there.

Washington will be without center Emma Meesseman after she dislocated a finger Sunday. She’s averaging 11.3 points on 53.5 percent shooting with 6.3 rebounds.

A Mystics win would mark the sixth straight sweep in this series. They won both meetings in 2010 and 2013, while the Lynx swept the series in 2011, 2012 and last year.