Washington, DC – Matee Ajavon poured in a game-high 22 points to lead the Washington Mystics to a thrilling 75-71 overtime victory over the Chicago Sky on Sunday.
The Mystics trailed by one with 26.7 seconds left but Jasmine Thomas knocked down a three to put Washington up two.
A delay of game violation forced the Sky to foul Shannon Bobbitt, who knocked down two free throws to put the Mystics up 75-71 with 7.7 seconds to play. Chicago was unable to get a shot off in the final seconds, and the Mystics won for the first time since July 13.
Trailing by three with 57.5 seconds remaining in regulation, Ajavon made a runner to pull the Mystics within one. After missing two jumpers and a pair of free throws to give Washington the lead Chicago was forced to foul Prince, who knocked down both shots from the charity stripe to put the Sky up three with 10.2 seconds to play.
Following a 20-second time out Ajavon nailed a step back three with 1.9 seconds left to force overtime.
Crystal Langhorne scored 18 points and pulled down eight rebounds and Thomas chipped in with eight points and eight assists for the Mystics.
Epiphanny Prince led all Sky scorers with 18 points and Sylvia Fowles dropped 13 and grabbed 16 rebounds for Chicago, losers in nine of its last 10.