Austin scores career-high 20 as Mystics beat Wings 84-68

May 18, 2022 GMT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Shakira Austin, the No. 3 overall pick in last month’s draft, scored 12 of her career-high 20 points in the second half as the Washington Mystics pulled away for a 84-68 win over the Dallas Wings on Tuesday night.

The 6-foot-5 Austin made 9 of 11 from the field, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked two shots. Elena Delle Donne added 14 points for Washington (4-1), Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 11 and Natasha Cloud and Kennedy Burke each had 10 points.

The Wings (2-2) jumped to a 19-6 lead but then went scoreless for 4-plus minutes as Washington scored 13 consecutive points to tie it early in the second quarter and Austin made two free throws to give the Mystics their first lead with 3:34 left in the second quarter and followed with a layup 37 seconds later to make it 34-31. Marina Mabrey hit a 3-pointer for Dallas but Cloud answered with a 3 of her own to make it 37-34 at halftime and Washington led the rest of the way.

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Mabrey and Isabelle Harrison each scored 16 points for the Wings. Allisha Gray added 14 points and Kayla Thornton scored 13.

Delle Donne made a driving layup, Ariel Atkins hit a 3-pointer and Delle Donne added another 3 in an 8-0 run that made it 58-43 midway through the third and the Wings trailed by double figures the rest of the way.

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