WASHINGTON -- Tina Charles scored 24 points, including a three-point play that sparked a late run, to help the New York Liberty beat the Washington Mystics 87-76 on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams.
With 2:39 left and the game tied at 73, Charles started the spurt with a basket and free throw. Kiah Stokes added a basket and New York had three free throws to make it 81-73. Stefanie Dolson finally ended the drought, hitting a free throw with 27 seconds remaining. The Liberty hit their free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Sugar Rodgers added 19 points for New York, which was fourth in the inaugural Associated Press power poll this week.
Tayler Hill scored 20 points and Bria Hartley added 17 for the Mystics, who opened the season at No. 6 in the poll. Washington made eight of its first 12 shots and led by as many as nine in the first quarter, however they missed 39 of their final 55 shots.
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