Whalen’s layup gives Lynx 79-77 win over Mystics 31 May 12

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lindsay Whalen put back her own miss with a second remaining to give Minnesota a 79-77 win over the Washington Mystics on Wednesday night after the Lynx blew a 24-point lead.

Maya Moore and Rebekkah Brunson led the Lynx (5-0) with 16 points and Seimone Augustus added 15. Minnesota shot 65.6 percent (21 of 32) in the first half and led 59-35 with 6:36 remaining in the third quarter before turnovers and inspired play by the Mystics changed the flow.

The Mystics used a 21-4 to pull closer at 63-54 late in the third quarter, tied the game at 68 on Matee Ajavon’s jumper with 6:27 remaining and took their first lead at 73-72 on Michelle Snow’s layup with 3:25 left.

Ajavon led the Mystics (1-2) with 20 points.