Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Fruits and Vegetables. After playing one of their best games on Sunday to beat Connecticut, the Mystics played one of their worst tonight, losing to Indy 74-67 and putting an end to their perfect record at home. The Mystics started off by scoring a franchise low 8 points in the first quarter, a lackluster performance exceeded only by the Fever's 6 point second quarter that allowed the Mystics to get back in the game before the break. And while the score remained close for most of the second half, the Mystics never seemed to have much going offensively. Alana Beard scored 24 points for the Mystics, but mistakes once again took their toll on DC . . . 20 turnovers and too many missed free throws! Chasity Melvin, who led all scorers on Sunday, finished with a big goose egg . . . nada, zero, zip. Tonight, DeLisha's absence, particularly on the offensive end, was very apparent. After a good first quarter, Indy didn't play all that well either, but the Fever made plays down the stretch that sealed the win. All in all, on a dreary, rain soaked night in DC, with flooding everywhere, this was a game we'd all like to forget. Nakia Sanford summed it up quite well: "It was just a frustrating game because it was like we couldn't do anything right." The Mystics will need to regroup after this performance to be ready to battle some tough teams from the Western Conference on their upcoming 4 game road trip.

The night wasn't a total loss . . . the few (6,003) but loyal Mystics fans who risked flash floods to find their way to the Phone Booth were introduced to a new Mystics Group --- dancing fruits and vegetables and a sandwich --- called the Mystics Snack Pack. The BasketCases have absolutely no idea what this has to do with the Mystics or basketball, but the Snack Pack did provide a splash of color on an otherwise dismal night. And the frisbee-catching dogs at halftime were fun . . . much more fun than that dog of a game. Arf.


At 11:09 AM, Blogger Posting-Up said...

What a messy, awful game! I continue to be shocked (shocked!) at the uneven refereeing at WNBA games. Last night the refs were either too fast with the whistle -- anticipating fouls that never happened -- or allowing body-control fouls that jeopardized players' health. In the 3rd quarter, for example, Alena found herself on the floor clutching the ball while no fewer than 3 Fever players dogpiled on her -- and no call! Ritchie looked like he was going to have a stroke, and I don't blame him.

At 11:26 AM, Blogger BasketCases said...

The BasketCases couldn't agree more. We have only two words to add to your comment: BRIAN ENTERLINE!!! (He's scarier than a flash flood)


At 12:57 PM, Blogger LSUTigerFan said...

Speaking of Highlights... What about that cute baby on the Jumbotron! I found myself enjoying the timeouts and stoppage time more than the game!


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