49 Points? Inexcusable!
The BasketCases confess that we bailed on last night's Mystics' game against Seattle at halftime, after listening to 20 minutes of dull, sloppy, ugly basketball in which Washington could only manage to score 12 points in each of the first two quarters. The team in fact went scoreless for nearly the final five minutes of the first period. Tree played everyone who was suited up, to no avail. Players seemed to be coming in and out of the game almost every minute, making us wonder what (if any) the game plan was. At the end of the first 20 minutes, Alana Beard was the only one who came even close to getting the job done, accounting for 10 of the Mystics' 24 points. It was an hour of our lives we can never get back.
Judging from the box score and news reports, the second half was more of the same, as the Mystics came out of the locker room after the break to score a blistering 13 points in the third quarter and 12 in the fourth, losing to the Storm 64-49. With only 64 points, it's not as though Seattle brought its "A" game offensively, but four of Seattle's starters did finish in double figures, and the fifth, the aging Yolanda Griffith, was close with 9. Among the Mystics, however, only AB broke into double digits, with 16 points (but hitting only 6 of 17), and the most anyone else scored was 7 by Mama Taj. The Mystics, who never led in the game, committed 20 turnovers (including a game-high 6 by Alana), managed a mere 8 assisted baskets, shot a paltry 33.9% from the field and an even more pathetic 25% (3 of 12) from behind the arc.
It is just inexcusable for a professional basketball team to play so badly.