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Former Cat Dunlap shines in first WNBA start

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When given a chance, Victoria Dunlap usually comes through.

In her first start of the year Sunday, Dunlap scored a career- and team-high 19 points in the Washington Mystics' 73-63 loss to the Seattle Storm. Dunlap, the Mystics' first-round draft pick this year, replaced injured Crystal Langhorne in the starting rotation.

Dunlap was 7 for 14 from the field and 5 of 7 from the free-throw line. She finished with eight rebounds and three steals in 33 minutes.

The breakthrough game was a welcomed sight for Dunlap, who entered the game averaging 1.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in 8.7 minutes per game.

"I thought I played pretty well with the start, especially under the circumstances," Dunlap told the Washington Times. "We don't want any (more) injuries on our team, but I think it was a good step for me to step up as a person and as a player to help out the team the best that I can.

"It feels great when the coach shows confidence in you. Not many rookies get to start and play as many minutes as I did, so I'm definitely grateful for that. I just hope I can continue to help the team any way I can."

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