You might say that the Mystics dodged a bullet tonight in Chicago. Despite playing less than inspired basketball, the Mystics stayed perfect in the Windy City, beating the Sky 64-57, to record their first road win of the season.
In defeating Chicago, the Mystics turned the ball over 22 times (20 by their starters!) and committed 24 fouls. Fortunately for the road team, the Sky missed 13 of their 29 free throw attempts. The Sky were also ice cold from behind the arc, hitting only 1 of 10. The Mystics were pretty chilly from out there as well, not hitting anything from long distance until the final minutes, when Alana finally popped a couple of 3s -- part of her very impressive 12-point closing run that sealed the victory. AB finished with 22 to lead all scorers. She also led both teams in turnovers with 8 (ouch!). The only other Mystics player in double figures was Taj, who shot 7 of 8 from the field and helped keep Washington in the game when her teammates' outside shots weren't falling.
It wasn't a pretty game to watch. Really, how many WNBA games are won by a team scoring only 64 points? But it was a win for the Mystics nonetheless. And it does snap their 5-game losing streak. And, as we said earlier, it was their first win on the road. Some would say, in the end, that's all that matters. Frankly, however, the BasketCases were hoping to see a victory and some well-played basketball.