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The Associated Press

The Washington Mystics snapped their longest skid of the season this past week by beating the San Antonio Stars.

The Mystics can match their longest win streak in 2014 if they get past the Stars again Sunday in the nation's capital.

Washington (7-9) dropped four in a row before an 81-70 victory in San Antonio on Tuesday. The Mystics shot 50.8 percent - their third-best performance this year - and outscored the Stars 14-6 over the final seven minutes to pull away.

They followed with a 69-63 victory over Connecticut on Friday to kick off a three-game homestand. Emma Meesseman led the way in ending the Sun's six-game win streak with a career-high 22 points on 11-of-14 shooting.

She also grabbed 13 rebounds for the second straight contest while helping her team overcome the absences of Kara Lawson (illness) and Jelena Milovanovic (strained right knee), who are uncertain to play Sunday.

"When you have soldiers down, everybody has to step up and do extra, and be big, and that's what we did," guard Ivory Latta said. "No matter if we have seven, eight, nine, twelve players, we're still going to go out there and compete to the highest level."

The Mystics now seek to match their three-game win streak from May 30-June 5 by earning a fourth consecutive victory over San Antonio (7-8).

The Stars, meanwhile, will seek to avoid a season-high third consecutive loss after falling 81-79 to visiting Atlanta on Thursday. San Antonio trailed by 14 to the Eastern Conference leaders with 3:37 remaining before launching an 11-0 run.

Jia Perkins scored a team-best 17 points before leaving in the third quarter with a strained right hamstring. It's unclear if she'll be available in the Stars' attempt for a fourth consecutive road victory.

"I'm just glad it's not a knee. It's more of a muscular thing," coach Dan Hughes said.

San Antonio, riding its longest road winning streak since a franchise-best seven-game run in 2012, is opening a season-high four-game trip which spans seven days.

"We're an average team right now. What we talked about is here's a chance for us to come together and become a good basketball team," Hughes said. "I think that's what you've got to do when you're on the road like that. ... Sometimes, it's a great chance for the team to understand how to pull together."

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