By Benjamin Standig, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — All-Star Ivory Latta had 18 points and 13 assists as the Washington Mystics rallied from a 21-point deficit for an 82-78 win over the Eastern Conference-leading Chicago Sky on Wednesday afternoon.
Latta scored 10 points in the third quarter and rookie Emma Meesseman had all 12 of her points in the fourth. The Mystics (9-9) took control with a 15-4 run midway through the final quarter. Washington snapped a two-game skid and picked up a rare victory over Chicago.
Sylvia Fowles had 21 points and Epiphanny Prince added 18 for the Sky (12-5), who had won 10 of 11 against Washington and entered with a season-high, five-game winning streak.
Rookie Elena Delle Donne left the game with concussion-like symptoms after the third quarter, Chicago coach Pokey Chapman said. Delle Donne, the WNBA's third leading scorer at 18.6 points per game, fell to the court during a tussle for the ball and didn't play in the fourth quarter.
She finished with 12 points, going 2 of 15 from the field.
Meesseman scored six during the decisive run, including two free throws and a layup to give Washington a 75-64 lead with five minutes remaining.
Swin Cash added 10 points for the Sky and her layup with 14.9 seconds cut Washington's lead to 81-78.
Monique Currie finished with 14 points and Tayler Hill had 11 for the Mystics. Hill split a pair of free throws with 12.4 seconds, giving Washington a four-point lead and the Sky misfired on their final possession.
Trailing 42-28 in the second quarter, the Mystics rallied with a 15-2 run including the first eight points of the third quarter, seven coming from Latta. After Chicago pushed the margin back to six, the Mystics took a 50-49 lead with a 7-0 spurt, capped by Hill's 3-pointer.
Scoreless in her previous two games and through three quarters, Meesseman hit two jump shots to open the fourth and made 5 of 6 over the final 10 minutes.
The Sky won the only previous meeting this season at home, 89-85. Starting with the August matchup in Chicago, the Eastern Conference foes meet three more times this season.
Delle Donne, the leading vote-getter for the WNBA All-Star game on Saturday, scored a season-low seven points in her previous game, the first time she failed to reach double digits. She had 11 points in the first half against Washington, but missed eight of 10 shots.
The visiting Sky played in front of a split crowd thanks to many Delle Donne supporters rooting for the former University of Delaware star.
Delle Donne sank her first attempt against Washington, a 3-pointer from the top of the key that put Chicago in front for good at 3-2 and started an 11-1 run. Though the No.2 overall pick in the 2013 draft missed her next four field goal attempts, the Sky led 24-12 after the first quarter.
After hitting on two free throws to start the second period, the 6-foot-5 guard drained her second shot from beyond the arc in as many attempts, sparking a 15-2 run.
Fowles capped the spurt with two free throws for a 35-14 lead midway through the second quarter. Delle Donne finished the half 2 of 10 from the floor, but made all five of her free throw attempts and Chicago entered halftime leading 44-35.
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