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Mystics at Liberty preview


Mystics point guard Ivory Latta was named the WNBA’s Eastern Conference player of the week on Monday. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

WASHINGTON MYSTICS AT NEW YORK LIBERTY

Where/When: Madison Square Garden, 7 p.m.

Records: Mystics 13-13, Liberty 10-14.

The jockeying for seeding in the WNBA Eastern Conference playoffs continues. The Mystics have won four in a row to claim the longest active streak in the East. They also have won six of seven, most recently completing a three-game homestand sweep by beating the first-place Atlanta Dream, 77-67, on Sunday afternoon. Washington has split its first two games this season against New York, which has the fourth seed in the East. The teams play three more times to close the regular season. The last two are at Verizon Center, including the final game of the regular season Aug. 16. Point guard Ivory Latta (above) has been in top form since playing in the All-Star Game on July 19. The Mystics’ lone all-star representative this season is averaging 20 points and shooting 50 percent (12 for 24) from three-point range over the past three games. On Monday, she was named Eastern Conference player of the week. “I think she’s gotten back on the court to do some extra shooting, for one thing,” Mystics Coach Mike Thibault said. “She’s gotten herself shooting I think more balanced shots.” Tina Charles, the 2012 WNBA MVP, leads the Liberty in scoring (17.9) and rebounding (9.6). Thibault coached Charles for three seasons when he was the coach of the Connecticut Sun from 2003 to ’12.

Gene Wang is a sports reporter covering multiple beats, including Navy football, the Capitals, Wizards, Nationals, women’s basketball, auto racing, boxing and golf. He also covers Fantasy Football.
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