Ivory Latta let out a sigh of relief at the top of the key as she watched Tayler Hill sink a three-point shot about a minute after Latta had made one of her own. With 5:30 to play, Washington had a 10-point lead and could finally feel comfortable against the Indiana Fever on Wednesday night at Verizon Center.

The margin only grew down the stretch as the Mystics pulled away for a 76-62 win, their second in a row at home after starting the season 0-5 on their own floor.

The win, against the reigning Eastern Conference champions, evened the Mystics’ record at 7-7 and was their fifth in six games. Washington is .500 for the first time this season with three games left in a five-game homestand.

Washington faces Phoenix (4-9) and streaking Minnesota (13-0) in its next two games.

“Hopefully the momentum we’ve got carries over, but when you’re staring at that and then Minnesota coming in, I don’t think anybody in our locker room has any reason to be cocky,” Mystics Coach Mike Thibault said. “But I think they can be confident with how they’re playing, especially on the defensive end.”

The difference for the Mystics came in the second half, when Washington stymied Maryland alum Lynetta Kizer. Kizer had a game-high 18 points but only four after halftime.

Washington also was able to limit Indiana’s leading scorer, Tamika Catchings, a member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic team, to just 10 points on 4-for-12 shooting.

“We just wanted to be more aggressive,” Latta said. “They’re an aggressive team. They’ve always been aggressive, but we came out aggressive in the second half, and it worked in our favor. In a game like that, you expect [Catchings] to come out and really do things, but you’ve got to step up and do what you do. We made adjustments against Kizer. We did what we had to.”

But Washington’s aggression was controlled. After losing five turnovers in the first quarter, they had only eight the rest of the game and consistently managed to find ways to get to the free throw line, scoring 21 points from the foul line in the second half.

“When you can beat a team in the bonus, that’s a factor,” Thibault said. “We were able to do that in both quarters in the second half. The free throw difference ended up being because we were aggressive attacking the basket.”

Hill led four Washington players in double figures with 16 points, including two critical three-pointers, but shot just 3-for-9 from the floor.

Emma Meesseman and Latta added 12 apiece, and Stefanie Dolson had 10. Both Latta and Dolson shot a perfect 6 for 6 from the free throw line. Washington shot 38.5 percent from the floor (20 for 52) and 83.8 percent at the free throw line (31 for 37) before an announced crowd of 4,430.

The Mystics feel the healthiest they have been all year, Latta said, and they’re just happy for a couple of wins on their home court.

“It’s just great that we’re getting wins at home,” Latta said. “I mean, c’mon man, with these crowds? They say if you win, the crowd will come. So we don’t want to disappoint this crowd.”

Liberty tops Dream in 2OT

Tina Charles had 23 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists to lead the visiting New York Liberty to a 90-79 victory over the Atlanta Dream in double overtime.

Shavonte Zellous added 14 points as six players scored in double figures for New York, which has won five straight games.

Charles scored five quick points in the second overtime as the Liberty (9-4) opened on a 9-0 run and outscored the Dream 14-3.

Angel McCoughtry finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds for Atlanta (8-5). Tiffany Hayes added 17 points, Elizabeth Williams had 16 and Sancho Lyttle had 11 points, 11 rebounds and eight steals.

— Associated Press