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Liberty routed by Mystics

Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer reacts to a possession

Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer reacts to a possession call during the first quarter of a WNBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Sparks at Madison Square Garden on Friday, July 11, 2014. Credit: Jason DeCrow

WASHINGTON - Ivory Latta scored 16 points, Kia Vaughn had 12 and the Washington Mystics beat the Liberty 79-46 on Tuesday night.

The Mystics (14-15) stopped a two-game slide and moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the fourth-place Liberty (12-16) in the Eastern Conference.

Washington grabbed control with a 29-6 first-half run. It led 37-22 at the break.

Tina Charles had 10 points for the Liberty, who had won eight of 12 games. The Liberty shot 28.8 percent from the field en route to its fewest points this season.

The Mystics turned 16 Liberty turnovers into 22 points. The Liberty only scored six points off Washington's 15 turnovers.

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