Ajavon lifts Mystics past Dream to end 9-game skid



WASHINGTON (AP) — Matee Ajavon scored 11 of her 19 points in the fourth quarter to help the Washington Mystics to an 85-81 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Thursday night.

Crystal Langhorne had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and Jasmine Thomas scored 12 points as Washington (6-24) snapped a nine-game losing skid. Monique Currie, making her season debut after recvering form a torn left ACL while playing in Turkey in the offseason, finshed with eight points in 10 minutes.

Angel McCoughtry scored 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Atlanta (16-14), which snapped its three-game win streak. The Dream remained two wins from clinching a playoff spot with four to play.

After Atlanta closed to 81-79 on two free throws by McCoughtry, Ajavon made a contested 3-pointer with 1:20 to play.