. . . never share the stage with animals or children. Well, the Mystics tempted fate today by doing both! This morning, in what was the first game back for both teams following the All Star break, the Mystics and the Comets tipped off at 11:30am for the Mystics' annual "Camp Day" contest. Kids in the stands and flying dogs at halftime!
Little time to practice (but plenty of time to party) over the break appeared to have exacted its toll on both teams. Neither looked sharp; both teams looked quite sluggish. As a matter of fact, it seemed that each team only had about one good quarter of basketball in them . . . the first quarter for Houston and the fourth quarter (what else?) for DC. [If the Mystics win the championship this year, the BasketCases think Tree should title his book
Overtime Is Our Time Fourth Quarter Is Our Quarter.]
The Mystics fell behind by 14 at the half (36-22), heading to the locker room with more turnovers than field goals. That's usually not a good sign. Frankly, we tried our best to enjoy the dogs' performance, thinking it might be the highlight of the afternoon. But fortunately, that did not turn out to be the case. Helped enormously by Houston's almost complete disappearance in the fourth quarter (a period in which the Comets scored only 7 points to the Mystics' 24!), the Mystics managed to make up the halftime deficit and then some, winning 65-58. It wasn't pretty, but it was a win. So, the Mystics' winning streak is now up to a respectable 3 games and their fans can keep smiling.
Three Mystics players ended up in double figures. Dukies Monique Currie and Alana Beard each had 16 points. Mo recorded a double-double, as did DeLisha Milton-Jones, who matched Mo's rebounds (11 each) and also scored 11 points. The BasketCases prefer not to whine about refs too much, so our only comment about the officiating of today's matinee was that it was both interesting and creative.
Moving on . . . also playing in a midday game today, Chicago lost a close one to Indy, 75-74, slipping to 8-13. By winning today, the Mystics are now at 8-12, ahead of Chicago and, most important, out of the Eastern Conference cellar for the first time this season!
A Green Group