WASHINGTON (AP) - Ivory Latta scored 16 points, Kia Vaughn had 12 and the Washington Mystics beat the New York Liberty 79-46 on Tuesday night.
The second-place Mystics (14-15) stopped a two-game slide and moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the Liberty (12-16) in the Eastern Conference. New York dropped into fifth, a half-game back of Chicago and Indiana.
Washington grabbed control with a 29-6 first-half run. It led 37-22 at the break.
Tina Charles had 10 points for the Liberty, who had won eight of 12 games. New York shot 28.8 percent from the field en route to its fewest points this season.
The Mystics turned 16 Liberty turnovers into 22 points. New York only scored six points off Washington's 15 turnovers.