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
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!!