Rookie Bria Hartley scored 15 points, and Ivory Latta and Tianna Hawkins each added 11 to lead the Washington Mystics to a 79-63 victory over the Indiana Fever on Friday night in Indianapolis.
Washington (1-1) held Indiana (0-3) to a season low 34.8 percent shooting and had a 41-31 rebounding edge.
“I thought we played really good defense from start to finish other than maybe the last five minutes of the game,” Washington Coach Mike Thibault said. “We followed the scouting report better today.”
Scoring runs of 10-2 and 12-0 helped Washington take an 18-point lead at 26-10 in the first quarter.
“Confidence-wise it was good for us,” Thibault said. “We were able to push the tempo and got a lot of people involved in the offense early so [Indiana] could not lock in on one or two people.”
The Mystics stretched the lead to 58-34 when Hartley hit a jumper with 3 minutes 49 seconds to play in the third quarter.
Maggie Lucas scored 12 points to lead Indiana.
“I am disappointed we did not play at a higher level,” Fever Coach Lin Dunn said. “We did not hit our open shots. We did not box out. It was not just one thing, everything was bad. It’s been a long time since I have seen a Fever team with so little effort. Washington looked like a 10 and we looked like a six.”
Hartley got the starting nod in place of Latta, who had started 35 straight games since joining Washington at the start of last season. Hartley also had five assists.
“She has been playing great, she has been good,” Thibault said about Hartley. “Between her, Kara [Lawson] and Ivory we can rotate three pretty good guards.”
●SUN 71, STORM 59: Rookie Chiney Ogwumike scored 18 points to help host Connecticut won for the first time this season.
Allison Hightower added 14 points while Kelsey Bone had 13 for the Sun (1-3). Fellow rookie Alyssa Thomas scored 10 points.
Former Maryland star and Washington Mystic Crystal Langhorne scored 15 points to lead the Storm (0-3). She was the only player in double figures for Seattle.
●LYNX 94, SHOCK 93: Maya Moore made the winning free throws with 11.8 seconds remaining for the last of her career-high 38 points Minnesota held on for the road victory.
Moore, who also had 13 rebounds for the defending champions (3-0), leads the league in scoring with a 35.0 average.
Skylar Diggins led Tulsa with 21 points.
●STARS 78, MERCURY 74: Danielle Robinson scored a team-high 14 points as San Antonio won in Phoenix. Diana Taurasi led all scorers with 21 points for the Mercury.