Saturday, July 29, 2006

M*A*S*H Unit. That's what Conseco Fieldhouse turned into for the Mystics tonight, as Crystal Robinson sprained her left ankle three minutes into the Indy game, and Nikki Teasley went down with a back contusion about five minute later. Neither returned, and their status is not known at this time. That left the Mystics with only nine dressed players, but that was enough for DC to defeat the Fever, 74-67, only their fourth victory ever in Indy and their first since May 23, 2004. Coming into tonight's game, the Fever had only lost twice at home this season. This was a big win for the Mystics, particularly on the road, and particularly given the injuries to two starters. It was accomplished by team play, a strong defensive effort, and not giving up when the Fever made the expected run in the fourth quarter. Alana Beard had another big night, scoring 21 points, and DeLisha Milton-Jones added 19 of her own. Coco Miller was huge off the bench, scoring 12.

The BasketCases hope that the injuries to C-Rob and Nikki T are minor and that both are able to play tomorrow.

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New York's victory over Charlotte tonight secured a playoff spot for the Fever (not that post-season play for Indy was ever in doubt). The Sting will be at the Phone Booth Sunday night for the second half of the Mystics' back to back. And assuming that the BasketCases have correctly applied their higher mathematical skills to the current standings (this involves such calculations as adding 6 and 13), we believe it's correct to say that if the Mystics beat Charlotte tomorrow, they will guarantee themselves a spot in the playoffs.


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