The Phoenix Mercury achieved their first road win, 93-87, in Washington.
Washington, favored by 2, never led by more than three at 7-4. Phoenix finished the first quarter on a 16-2 run, after which the spread was never threatened.
Diana Taurasi and Cappie Pondexter, who combined for 59 points in the Mercury’s win last season at the Verizon Center, teamed Thursday for 47 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists.
Phoenix, the highest-scoring team in the league, broke out of a scoring slump, making a 180 total for the first time in four games. The Mystics have allowed four straight opponents to shoot 46 percent or better. Phoenix won the rebounding battle 38-34 — it was the second time this season the Mercury has accomplished that, winning straight up and against the spread both times.
Washington dropped to 4-2 overall but retain a share of the lead in the WNBA East.