Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Wake Up Call.

This morning's news for those who, like the BasketCases, couldn't stay up 'til well after midnight to watch the game is that the defending WNBA Champions, the Phoenix Mercury, ended their losing streak by beating the Mystics, 98-93. Sadly for Washington, 93 is a lot of points to score (particularly for the Mystics) and still lose a game.

Not having seen the game, we can't pretend to know why (except that the Merc scored even more, of course), but one stat just about flies off the page from the box score: the Mystics (who came into the game already shooting a subpar 67% from the free throw line) shot only 30% from the line last night . . . missing 14 of 20 attempts!

The Mystics, now 2-4, remain winless on the road. Here's hoping they can pick up that first road victory on Friday, when they take on the Silver Stars at 8 PM EDT.

8 Comments:

At 7:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's terrible! Shooting 60 percent from the field is something the Mystics hardly do. It's just a shame it was offset by the ineptitude at the foul line. Missing 14 of 20 free throws? That's inexcusable! They deserved to lose that game.

 
At 8:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you would have told me that 4 Mystics players scored in double figures, that we shot 60% from the field, 68% from 3 point land, and wound up with 93 points, I'd have said we won the game.

But, you can't shoot 6-20 from the free throw line and expect to win a close game.

PHX shot 50% FG, 47% 3FG, and went 19-25 with 4 players in double figures.

Dave Hopla, anyone?

 
At 9:18 AM, Anonymous Mystics Motivator said...

Let's just add one element to the mixture. Does the word DEFENSE mean anything to you, or lack of!!!!!The Mystics lost by 5 points and converted just 6 free throws out of 20. If this doesn't improve, we will continue to lose!!!!!

 
At 9:21 AM, Blogger Tonya said...

I watched the first half and part of the 3rd quarter before heading to bed and actually seeing that abysmal free throw shooting was excruciating.

On the bright side of things, it was nice to see some offense.

 
At 12:58 PM, Blogger xwomynjoc said...

From what the announcers were saying about the team's problems at the free throw line, it seems to be all in their heads, right now. Caroline Peck said in talking to Tree, he's at a loss at what to do. They shoot them before, after, and in all other types of situations, making about 80% in practice. It's time to just buckle down and focus or get a sports shrink. All they needed was half the ones they missed, to win. Very painful to watch.

 
At 12:41 PM, Anonymous petrel said...

Good luck against the Silver Stars. They haven't lost a home game yet this year. Just keep that hot hand from that last game shooting and the Mystics can win.

 
At 2:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And AB had a career high scoring night...

 
At 2:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I attended a high school game a few years ago to watch the daughter of a good friend of mine play. Her father kept reminding her at the free throw line to "put your hand in the basket". It was great shorthand for follow through. It looked like the Mystics couldn't wait to get off the line, pulling away really quickly. And when you're missing, it gets worse I think.
S. Rob

 

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