Aerial Powers sat by her locker with her cell phone in her right hand and a big bag of ice in her left hand.
The Mystics guard, after a poor shooting performance Friday, took a blow to the eye late in the first quarter Sunday.
But she bounced back to score 14 points with four assists in just 19 minutes of action as Washington blew out the New York Liberty 101-72 at home Sunday.
Washington (21-8) won for the sixth time in seven games and took over first in the Eastern Conference as Powers was one of four Mystics in in double figures.
After an 85-78 loss in Chicago on Friday, the Mystics jumped out to a 17-point lead over the Liberty after the first quarter and cruised at The Entertainment and Sports Center in Southeast D.C. on Sunday.
Emma Meesseman, the reserve from Belgium, came off the bench and scored 10 of her 14 points in the first quarter Sunday and had four assists. She hit a pair of three-pointers than put in an offensive rebound just before the buzzer to give the Mystics a 31-14 advantage going into the second stanza.
“Emma is so efficient,” the Mystic’s All-Star forward Elena Delle Donne said. “It just puts defenses on their heels. That was so big for us to get a lead.”
Delle Donne had nine of her 22 points in the first quarter and added 10 boards as she continues to play with a mask on her face after an injury earlier this season.
“It is nice to get that taste out,” Delle Donne said of the Friday loss. “It was a learning process. We were a mess” on defensive rotations Friday.
Natasha Cloud, another Washington guard, added five assists and former Maryland standout Tianna Hawkins added 15 points off the bench.
New York (9-20), after losing Friday by three points to Atlanta, was just 27 of 72 from the field. New York’s Kia Nurse had 24 points and Tina Charles, leading the team in scoring this season, added 16.
The Mystics host Los Angeles Monday at 7 p.m. The Sparks were 17-10 going into Sunday. Washington has five games left and ends regular-season play Sept. 8.
“That is a nice bounce-back win after a disappointment on Friday,” Thibault said. “Obviously we shared the ball and moved the ball.”
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