Tuesday, July 07, 2009


The Mystics lost to the Lynx tonight in overtime, 96-94. Although the Mystics came out with more focus and intensity than they've displayed of late, it was difficult for them to find an offensive rhythm as the whistle-happy refs kept sending players to the free throw line. In a game that did not appear to be terribly physical, the two teams nonetheless combined for a whopping 77 free throw attempts. Unfortunately for Washington, Minny came out on the winning end of the stat sheet there, hitting 31 of 42 from the line while the Mystics scored on 25 of 35. Game, set, match.

There were some positive takeaways from tonight's game. Most important, Marissa Coleman was back in action (albeit showing some obvious rust from not having played for several weeks). B-Mo made an impressive return debut as a Mystic, coming off the bench to score 10 points and pull down 4 boards in a little less than 15 minutes of play. And Lindsey Harding, who led all scorers with 27, showed again how important she is to this team -- the Mystics lost ground during the second quarter when Harding was on the bench with 3 personal fouls.

The Mystics have now completed their road trip with a disappointing 1-3 record, dropping to 5-5 for the season. They return to Washington for a 6-game home stand that begins on Saturday with a match against the Sparks at 7 PM. Let's hope the Mystics return to their winning ways once back in the familiar environs of the Phone Booth.


At 8:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone recall an instance when the Mystics came out of a time out and didn't turnover the ball. I'm beginning to dread time outs. The Mystics DO NOT Execute!!!!!!!

At 8:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again the failure at the foul line was a big loss factor. Also, not being able to guard Rene Montgomery. That should have been a coaching adjustment after the first 3 baskets in a row by her. Beard needs to not get ticky-tacky fouls!!

At 9:16 AM, Blogger BasketCases said...

The Lynx actually missed one more FT than the Mystics did, but they got to take more. As for ticky-tack fouls, it seemed like the refs were calling fouls every time the Mystics breathed on a Lynx.

-- BC

At 9:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As for the ticky-tacky fouls, I can't blame beard for last night. she was defending and had wiggings contained. A PG running the same play on your player over and over again and no adjustment, that's on the coach. The Mystics continues to loose winalbe games down the streach by not hitting their free throws. What's with this style of coaching not rotating 2 healthy players?? Have Mann played any minutes since she's come back to the Mystics? We know Blue haven't.

At 9:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good first game back outting B-Moe!! keep up the good work. I knew you had game.


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