Friday, July 21, 2006

The Won Win That Almost Got Away. The Mystics played three good quarters of basketball tonight in San Antonio, particularly the second. Unfortunately, there are four quarters in a WNBA game. So when the Mystics suffered a scoring drought for more than four minutes in the last period, the Silver Stars were able to climb out of a double digit hole to tie the game at 77 with about a minute left to play. Thankfully, Nikki T (playing with a jammed finger) drove to the hoop for two points. After a defensive stop by the Mystics, Nikki was fouled and hit one of two free throws, for an 80-77 lead. With time about to expire, Alana Beard put an exclamation point on the win as she blocked the final shot by San Antonio, a three point attempt by Shanna Zolman that would have sent the game into overtime.

Nikki T had a total of 14 points to go with an impressive 9 assists, while Alana led the Mystics with 18 points. The Mystics outrebounded San Antonio, 40-33, despite the Silver Stars' significant height advantage. San Antonio's Agnieszka Bibrzycka (fortunately for the announcers she's nicknamed "Biba") led all scorers with 19 points, and almost single handedly fueled the Silver Stars' comeback as she nailed 5 of 7 from three point range. The Mystics will have a happier trip home now, returning to DC with a winning record of 12-11 and holding the surging Charlotte Sting at bay.


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