MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Rookie Renee Montgomery scored 16 of her season-high 21 points in the final two-minutes of regulation and overtime as the Minnesota Lynx rallied to beat the Washington Mystics 96-94 on Tue., July 7.
Montgomery, the No. 4 overall pick in April's draft, scored six of her points in the extra period to lead the Lynx (8-4) to their fourth win in five games.
With 1.1 seconds remaining and Minnesota leading 95-92, Washington's Lindsey Harding was fouled on a 3-point attempt. Harding hit the first two free throws, but had her third attempt rim out.
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Harding, traded from Minnesota to the Mystics in the offseason, had 27 points, but also missed an open jumper at the end of regulation. Amanda Beard, the league's No. 4 scorer, added 14 points for Washington (5-5), but fouled out with 14.8 seconds remaining in regulation.
Nicky Anosike scored 24 points for Minnesota (8-4), while shooting 12 of 17 from the free throw line. Charde Houston finished with 19 points after going scoreless in the first half for the Lynx.
With Minnesota trailing 65-56 in the fourth period, the Lynx began chipping away until Montgomery took over. Montgomery scored six straight points on a pair of three-point plays, driving hard to the basket for a lay-up and getting to the line for a free throw as Minnesota took a 78-76 lead with just over a minute remaining in regulation.