The Minnesota Lynx will have to win a road game on consecutive nights to tie the WNBA record for most victories to start a season.
The defending league champs moved to 9-0 with a 110-78 victory at Atlanta on Friday night in advance of Saturday night's game at the Washington Mystics. The 2012 Lynx set the league record with a 10-0 mark to begin the season.
Washington (4-6) is winless in four home games at Verizon Center but is coming off a 2-1 road trip that concluded with victories at Atlanta and Dallas.
"Everything we do on the road we've got to carry to the home games," point guard Ivory Latta told the Washington Post. "We can't have spurts where we're good the first and second quarter and the third is not good and the fourth with two minutes to go is good. It's got to be good all the way around."
On Friday night, the Lynx led 46-45 at halftime but used a 32-18 edge in the third quarter to pull away en route to a season-high in points.
Six players reached double-digit points, led by forward Maya Moore, who scored 19, two below her league-best average of 21.0. Center Sylvia Fowles had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Starting guard Seimone Augustus, who suffered a concussion Tuesday night against Phoenix, is on the road trip but did not play Friday night. Jia Perkins started in her place and scored 18 points.
The Mystics have lost six in a row at home, dating to last season.
They are healthier now than they were at the beginning of the season. Latta, a two-time All-Star who missed the first four games of the season while recovering from torn meniscus, has played 28 minutes off the bench in each of the past two games.
Another point guard, Natasha Cloud, missed three games because of kidney stones but has returned to the starting lineup.
Forward Kahleah Copper, a 2016 first-round pick out of Rutgers, missed the last two games because of concussion-related symptoms.
This will be the first meeting of the season between Minnesota and Washington. The Mystics won both games last season.