Tuesday, September 02, 2008

A Tale of Two Halves

Too many turnovers (12), but otherwise the Mystics played a pretty good first half of basketball tonight against the Fever. At the break, they had out-shot their opponent and had grabbed twice as many rebounds as Indy had; as a result, they took a 45-37 lead into the locker room. The first 20 minutes were played with intensity and energy and were fun to watch. In short, the Mystics looked very much like the team we'd been hoping to see after the Olympic break.

Unfortunately, the second half was a different story altogether. In the next 2 quarters, the Mystics were ice cold, managing to score only 23 points, while giving up 42 points to Indy. Add to that another 12 turnovers in the final 20 minutes (for an egregious total of 24!), and it's not surprising that the Mystics lost to the Fever; the final score was 79-68.

Washington's loss tonight puts Indiana a full 4 games ahead in the battle (if you can even call it that now) for the final playoff spot in the East. And while the Mystics have not been mathematically eliminated, with only 5 games left in the regular season, it would practically take a miracle now for them to advance to post-season play.

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But we do have some good news! Apart from the fact that Maryland released its schedule today (see "Ribbit" below), the BasketCases learned this evening that the Rebounders have planned even more fun for members, forming a tailgating committee that expects to organize several tailgating parties this season. All that in addition to the usual post-game "socials" with the team, not to mention some roadtrips, and just the all around good feeling of knowing that you are helping to support one of the best programs in women's college basketball. So again, if you haven't joined or haven't re-upped, go here, now! Trust us, you'll be glad you did!!


At 10:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is Linda sitting behind the bench? Surely she isn't trying to "contribute" to the coaching?

Where is Dr. Sheila?

BCs, how was the view from the other end?

At 10:32 AM, Blogger BasketCases said...

In the first half, the view from the "other end" was GREAT! In the second half...well, not so good! LOL.

As for Linda...from our new close-up perspective, we can assure you we saw no indication whatsoever that she was "contibuting" to the coaching. She was just watching. Maybe like the BCs, she changed seats, hoping it would help. It didn't. :-(

And, Dr J? Our theory is she is either hiding behind the black plastic curtain, or she was so inspired by Petey's adventures that she decided to take off on a vacation of her own. *wink*


At 10:45 AM, Blogger Tonya said...

Ha! I was wondering what y'all were doing down on our end of the floor! The mojo looked good for the first half.

I was waiting for some official explanation of the black plastic curtain, but haven't seen one anywhere yet. I'd assume it stays up until they win?

At 12:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She's there in her own private booth located on the other side of the areana, somewhere between sections 111-107.

At 12:56 PM, Anonymous Stewart said...

Speaking of Linda, didn't you find it interesting that Bernice Mosby, a first-round draft pick of Linda's, was inactive for last night's game? I thought the best players came out of the first round and she wasn't even dressed. I'm just saying.

At 10:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last year the Mystics' brass seemed amazed and pleased that Mosby had lasted long enough for them to select her. I thought that after the coaching change she'd have a chance to show what she could do... but... well...

At 12:38 PM, Anonymous KCH said...

Mosby was at a community event before the game, and then got stuck getting back, so she was late for shoot-around. I'm not impressed by Mosby's play, but I don't think we should jump to conclusions based on one night. It was nice to get at least at glimpse at Shay.

At 1:53 PM, Blogger BasketCases said...

From watching Mosby, our impression is that she's a bit of a "tweener." She doesn't seem to have the size to play the 4 (which she played in college), and it doesn't appear that she's made the transition yet to the 3 in the WNBA.



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