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Shock squeeze past Mystics

Despite strong efforts from three of the Mystics young frontcourt players, Washington (3-2) fell to Tulsa (5-1), 86-82 on Friday night.

Stefanie Dolson, Emma Meesseman and Ally Malott combined to score 48 points.

Behind Dolson’s seven points, the Mystics raced out to an early 17-9 advantage.

The only thing that could stop Dolson in the first half was foul trouble, she picked up two in the opening quarter and another within one minute of the second quarter.

Tulsa missed 16 of its first 20 shots and Skylar Diggins didn’t score her first point until she hit a three pointer with less than two minutes to go in the first quarter.

Washington went on a cold spell midway through the second quarter, connecting on only one of its six attempts.

Tulsa capitalized on the cold shooting to tie up the game at 30.

Diggins gave the Shock a 33-30 lead after hitting a three pointer from the corner off an offensive rebound.

Diggins, Riquna Williams and Plenette Pierson gave the Mystics trouble all night long combining to score 60 points.

Tulsa took a 40-36 lead to the half.

Emma Meesseman picked up the scoring slack in the third quarter, scoring the first eight points for Washington.

Meesseman finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds.

For the Shock it was the Riquna Williams show, she hit three three pointers in the third quarter and scored 11 points.

Williams had 22 points, four assists and three steals off the bench for Tulsa.

Ally Malott found her shooting touch for the Mystics in the second half, scoring 11 points in the second half.

Her three from the top of the key to tie the game at 71 with 6:57 in the fourth sent the crowd into a frenzy.

Over the next four minutes, Washington and Tulsa would trade buckets.

Pierson hit a shot from the elbow to give Tulsa an 80-79 lead with 1:47 remaining.

A couple of trips later, Tierra Ruffin- Pratt split a pair of free throws to put Washington up 82-81, but that would be the last point Washington scored.

Pierson hit another jumper, Skylar Diggins made two free throws and Pierson got fouled again, splitting a pair to make it a four point game.

Pierson led her team with 24 points.

The Mystics were without starters Bria Hartley and Kia Vaughn on Friday night, Hartley is dealing with a right foot stress fracture and Vaughn has a concussion.

Washington is right back at it tomorrow night against Indiana (3-4) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

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