Mystics blow lead but beat Silver Stars, 83-73

Mystics blow lead but beat Silver Stars, 83-73
July 12, 2013, 10:30 pm

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Crystal Langhorne scored 14 points and the Washington Mystics recovered after blowing a 14-point lead to beat the San Antonio Silver Stars 83-73 on Friday night.

Ivory Latta had 12 points, Matee Ajavon added 11 and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 10 for Washington (7-7), which has won three of four.

Jia Perkins scored 22 points, Shenise Johnson added 15 and Danielle Adams 14 for San Antonio (4-9). The Silver Stars have lost four of five and eight of 10.

Already without Sophia Young (knee), San Antonio was playing its first home game since losing Becky Hammon for the season to a torn left ACL and it was apparent her scoring was missed.

The Mystics' bench outscored the Silver Stars' reserves 31-22.

Washington was 9 for 17 from the field and 7 for 9 on free throws in taking a 49-36 lead at the half.

After dominating the second quarter, the Mystics completely unraveled in the third despite the pleas of coach Mike Thibault. Washington had eight turnovers in the quarter, enabling San Antonio to eliminate a 14-point deficit.

Perkins' layup with 2:19 left in the quarter capped a 15-2 run that gave San Antonio a 57-56 lead, its first since midway through the first quarter. Perkins, who had a pair of 3-pointers to spark the run, had 12 points in the period.