WASHINGTON (AP) — Natasha Cloud and Ariel Atkins each scored 14 points and the Washington Mystics beat the new-look New York Liberty 80-64 on Friday night to give longtime assistant Eric Thibault a win in his coaching debut.
New York, which was labeled a super team during the offseason, shot just 34% from the field and turned it over 20 times in the season opener for both teams.
Cloud sank a jumper from the free throw line to extend Washington’s lead to 56-37 with 2:54 left in the third quarter.
Ionescu led New York with 18 points. Breanna Stewart had 12 points and 12 rebounds despite picking up her fourth foul with 3:42 left in the third quarter.
Jones scored five points in 19 minutes and Vandersloot had eight points and six assists.