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No team has taken better advantage of the Washington Mystics' struggles the last two seasons than the Connecticut Sun. With both teams coming off losses, the Sun will try to knock off the Mystics yet again to get back on track.

Connecticut looks for its 10th straight victory over Washington on Friday night as it hosts the Mystics.

The Sun (1-2) should be happy to return home, where they won their season opener over New York on May 25. Since, they've dropped two road games by a combined 27 points, including a 90-74 loss at Minnesota on Saturday.

Connecticut hit just 35.9 percent of its shots while allowing the Lynx to shoot 50.0 percent.

"They took it to us right from the first quarter all the way through the third when they put their bench in," said coach Anne Donovan, whose team is shooting 38.6 percent from the floor this season. "They had their will and their way."

Washington (1-1), meanwhile, seeks its first victory over the Sun since Aug. 10, 2010. The Mystics were just 11-57 over the last two seasons, with Connecticut accounting for nine of those defeats.

The Mystics are coming off a 73-63 home loss to Atlanta on Sunday, though they trimmed what was a 17-point deficit to six by the beginning of the fourth quarter.

Washington forced 18 turnovers but also committed 21 of its own, including four by Crystal Langhorne. The Dream finished with 24 points off of the Mystics' miscues.

"You can't come out and play like that against a team like Atlanta that lives off turnovers," said Langhorne, who scored 15 points.

Washington also let Atlanta shoot twice as many free throws (20-10), allowed 16 offensive rebounds and failed to hit a 3-pointer in five attempts.

Connecticut will try to keep Langhorne - scoring 15.5 points per game on 56.0 percent shooting - in check, along with Ivory Latta, who is averaging 20.5 points and 5.0 assists in her first season with the Mystics. The Sun allowed Minnesota's Maya Moore and Seimone Augustus to combine for 46 points on 20-for-32 shooting.

Reigning league MVP Tina Charles is averaging 19.0 points and 12.7 rebounds with three straight double-doubles to begin the season. She averaged 19.2 points and 9.4 rebounds as Connecticut won all five meetings last year.



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