Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Mystics Struggle without Dee. While the Mystics have had their share of road woes this season even with DeLisha Milton-Jones in the line-up, tonight, the Mystics, still reeling from the loss of Dee, struggled to find a rotation that would help fill the void created by her absence. The 11 points the Mystics scored in first quarter in the Garden were a season low. The Mystics, down by as much as 16, made a valiant run to close out the first half only two points behind, but came out flat again after the break, scoring only 12 points in the third period, and struggled to catch up the rest of the way before losing to the Liberty 72-66. Alana Beard and Chasity Melvin each scored 20 points, but they weren't enough, as an "Oh-fer" night for Nikki Teasley from the field (she did have 2 points from the line), single digit contributions from the rest of the Mystics scorers, 20% shooting from 3-point range and 8 misses from the FT line doomed the Mystics.

The schedule does not favor the Mystics right now. They face Detroit on the road on Saturday, conference-leading Connecticut at home on Sunday, and second-place Indy on Tuesday before leaving on a 4 game West Coast swing. The BasketCases are confident that with time, the coaches and players will adjust to Dee's absence, but it won't be easy. As the late (and incredible) Gilda Radner would say, "It's always something." For the Mystics and their fans, it's déjà vu all over again.


At 10:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BasketCase, I'm right there with you on the schedule. It's disappointing because they have players that can score. It's time for Crystal to step up. When she was with New York, she would light it up. She can give us at least 12 points. Let’s, give James some playing time. I’ve got to give Nikki a pass - she did have 26 previous game. I'll be there Sunday. Go Mystics!

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