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Meesseman leads Mystics over Fever

By The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Emma Meesseman scored 15 points as the Washington Mystics beat the Indiana Fever 72-58 in the WNBA on Friday night, a victory tempered by the loss of star forward Elena Delle Donne to a sprained right ankle early in the game.

The Mystics (11-8) snapped a three-game losing streak, their longest skid of the season.

Krystal Thomas added 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting, and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt had 11 rebounds to pass the 550 mark for her career.

Washington started fast in the first half to put the Fever away early. Krystal Thomas made a layup for the first points of the game, then hit a 3-pointer to cap a 13-4 opening run. Washington led 26-11 after one and 50-28 at the half.

Briann January scored 15 points to lead the Fever (7-11). They have lost four straight overall and four in a row at home.

In New York, Stefanie Dolson scored 23 points as Chicago beat the Liberty 78-68 for its third straight win.

Courtney Vandersloot and Kahleah Copper each added 13 points for the Sky (6-12). They had dropped five of six before the current streak.

Tina Charles had 21 points and 19 rebounds for New York (8-9).

In Phoenix, Maya Moore and Seimone Augustus each scored 19 points and the Minnesota Lynx built a big-first half lead and coasted to an 88-71 victory over the Phoenix Mercury.

Phoenix star Brittney Griner sustained a leg injury early in the fourth quarter and had to be helped off the court.

Minnesota (14-2) has won nine straight against Phoenix dating to 2015, including a three-game sweep in last season's playoffs.

Sylvia Fowles added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Lynx. They shot 52 percent and held Phoenix (11-7) to 36 percent.

Griner led the Mercury with 15 points, and Diana Taurasi had 14.

Updated July 15, 2017

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