Totally Eclipsed by the Sun
played a competitive first quarter of basketball against the Sun
today, down only 3 (20-17) at the end of ten minutes. But they ended that first period with a missed layup (which could have closed the gap to 1) and after that, the game went steadily downhill
At halftime, Connecticut was up 40-29. Neither "franchise player" Alana Beard nor "No. 2 scoring option" Mo Currie hit a field goal in the entire first half, heading into the locker room with 1 point and 2 points, respectively. Meanwhile, Nakia Sanford (signed to a multiple year contract in the off season) played only 6 and a half minutes of the first half. She joined Alana and Mo in the locker room after scoring 2 points and picking up 3 fouls.
Things only got worse
after the break. While the BasketCases and, no doubt, many others in the arena kept waiting (and hoping) for our stars to shine, it was not to be. At the end of the third quarter, the Mystics were down 66-45. At that point, AB
had scored 4 points and Mo
was still at 2 (in fact Coach J-Law
on the bench for most of that period). The final score was 82-60.
Only two Mystics reached double figures today. Team leader Taj McWilliams-Franklin, who shows up night after night, had 11 points, and rookie Crystal Langhorne, coming off the bench, had 10. AB finished with 7 points on 2 of 12 shooting, and Mo had only the 2 points she scored on free thows back in the first quarter. As for Nakia, she finished the game with 3 points, fouling out after about 13 minutes of playing time.
While there is no question that most of the Mystics are playing with greater effort under Coach J-Law, there is also no way that the Mystics will win games when Alana and our other veteran supposed scorers have games like they had today.
This loss drops the Mystics to 10-16. Unless they win all 8 of their remaining games (a theoretical, but highly unlikely, possibility), they will, once again, finish the season with something other than a winning record. Déjà vu all over again!
The Mystics' defeat today was not just a loss, it was a bad loss. It sends the team -- not to mention the fans -- into the Olympic break on a very low note. While we prefer not to be too negative, we also try to be honest. And being honest, we can't say that we ran into anyone on the concourse after the game who was disappointed about taking a break from this team or this season, nor did we talk to anyone who was particularly excited at the prospect of seeing them again in a month. As longtime fans, we find that very sad . . . very sad, indeed.