MINNEAPOLIS — Washington All-Star guard Kristi Toliver scored a season-high 20 points by halftime and finished with 32 to lead the visiting Mystics to a 79-71 victory over the Minnesota Lynx in a WNBA game Wednesday afternoon.
Toliver, who also had six assists, will play for Team Elena Delle Donne in Saturday's All-Star Game at Las Vegas. Delle Donne, a power forward, finished with 11 points and two steals for Washington (12-6) in the win over Minnesota (10-10).
The Lynx, who have lost four of their last five games, were led by reserve guard Lexie Brown's 19 points, with 14 coming in the second half. Sylvia Fowles (18 points and 12 rebounds) and Napheesa Collier (15 points and 11 rebounds) had double-doubles for Minnesota.
Fowles, Collier and Odyssey Sims (only two points against Washington) will play in the All-Star game with Team A'ja Wilson.
Toliver's 20 points in the first half came on 8 of 12 shooting from the field and 4 of 7 from 3-point range. Washington led 44-32 at halftime.
The Mystics started to pull away at the end of the first quarter outscoring Minnesota 8-2 in one stretch to take a 26-16 lead with 6.5 seconds left in the period.
Washington made it a 17-2 run overall between the first and second quarters to build a 35-16 lead with 5:39 left until halftime on a technical foul free throw made by Delle Donne after Minnesota was whistled for having six players on the court.
Minnesota went scoreless for the first 4:30 of the second quarter. The Lynx were 0-for-7 from the field and committed three turnovers in that pivotal span.
Fowles went 5-for-8 from the field and had 12 points for the Lynx in the first half. Her teammates were a combined 9 of 27.
Minnesota rallied late after trailing by 19 points with 6:40 left in the game but could not get closer than seven points.