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Plenette Pierson helps Liberty snap losing streak

Liberty's Cappie Pondexter, left, and Plenette Pierson, right,

Liberty's Cappie Pondexter, left, and Plenette Pierson, right, celebrate with teammate Sugar Rodgers after defeating the Seattle Storm during a WNBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Credit: Jason DeCrow

WASHINGTON - Plenette Pierson scored 20 points to help the Liberty snap a three-game losing streak and hamper the Washington Mystics' playoff seeding with a 73-61 victory Saturday night.

Ivory Latta scored 15 points for the Mystics (16-18), who they needed a victory in its season finale plus additional help for a chance at getting the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and home-court advantage in the opening round.

Washington began the day a half-game ahead of Chicago and Indiana. The Sky played at the Fever on Saturday night, and the Mystics' loss assured Washington would drop to third place, a half-game behind the winner of that game. Indiana visits the Liberty and Chicago hosts San Antonio in their season finales on Sunday.

The Liberty (14-19) did not commit a turnover in the first half, led by 16 at halftime and 60-40 in the third quarter.

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