Same Old, Same Old!
Last night against the Sky
, we thought the Mystics
looked like an improved ball club. Balanced scoring; excellent free-throw shooting; they outrebounded their (taller) opponent; plenty of assisted baskets. But tonight in Minnesota, in losing to the Lynx 92-78
, it was obvious that the Old Mystics had returned.
Washington's offense tonight consisted primarily of Alana Beard, who led all scorers with 27, while the most any other Mystics player could muster was 11. Not only that, but the Lynx bench outscored the Mystics bench 43-15. The Mystics' free throw shooting percentage returned to the low 60s. Assisted baskets were down. Rebounding was a toss-up (both teams finished with 38). And, since they gave up 92 points, their defense was missing-in-action. Prior to the game, Coach J-Law said that if the Mystics could keep their turnovers under 15, they would win. Unfortunately, they hit 15 before the end of the third quarter and then added 3 more in the 4th. So, they didn't win.
With tonight's loss, the Mystics drop to 10-18, guaranteeing a losing record for the 8th time in the team's 11-year history. Moreover, since Indy beat Atlanta tonight, the Fever have now opened up a 3-game lead on Washington in the East. (The Mystics are now in 6th place, a half-game behind Chicago.) With only 6 games remaining (including 2 against Detroit and 1 against Connecticut), the Mystics' chances of climbing into 4th place for the final playoff spot -- which were not very good heading into the Olympic break -- have dimmed considerably.
The Mystics return home on Tuesday, where they will face Indy at 7 PM, guaranteeing a full game swing one way or the other in the playoff race.