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Mystics start 2014 WNBA season with a whimper

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The Mystics looked like girls among women against the defending WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx May 16 at Verison Center. The result was an easy 89-77 Minnesota win.

Maya Moore had 34 points and nine rebounds to lead the champs. Seimone Augustus added 24 points for the Lynx, 2-0 after beating Connecticut 90-87 May 18. Lindsey Whalen added 10 points and 8 assists against Washington. Damiris Danters pulled down 12 caroms for Minnesota.

Washington went ahead 66-65 on a Tierra Ruffin-Pratt jumper with 8:31 to play. Next time down the floor, Moore was fouled making a layup. She turned the three-point play. Trailing 68-66, the Mystics went on a two minute drought.

By the time Bria Hartley hit a free throw with 5:51 to play, Washington trailed 72-67. The Mystics would get no closer.

Ivory Latta led Washington with 25 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor including 7-9 from three-point range. Ruffin-Pratt added 17 points off the bench and a team-leading 8 rebounds.

No one else on the team seemed to show up. The rest of the team shot just 15-of-48 from the floor. Washington was out shot 43 percent to 49 percent. In addition, the home team was outrebounded 44-31. The big three first round draft picks, Stefanie Dolson, Hartley and Tianna Hawkins combined for 12 points and 7 rebounds.

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