Hill ties career high with 16 points as Mystics clinch third seed with 70-52 win over Liberty

Tayler Hill scored a career-high-tying 16 points to help the Washington Mystics defeat the New York Liberty 70-52 and clinch the third playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.

Kia Vaughn scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for her second-straight double-double and her third of the season to help the Mystics split their four-game season series with New York

Ivory Latta added 12 points for Washington (17-17), which closed its season with three straight victories to finish a game ahead of fourth-place Indiana entering their first playoffs since 2010.

The Mystics will face second-seeded Atlanta in a three-game conference semifinal series.

Kelsey Bone scored 11 points and Toni Young added 10 for New York (11-23) in the final game for retiring teammate and seven-time WNBA All-Star Katie Smith.