Paul Simon could have written the soundtrack for the Mystics' road trip this weekend, as Washington followed up its loss on Friday in Chicago with a loss this afternoon in Indianapolis, 61-72. After the Mystics' important and exciting win over Seattle on Thursday, these two losses have turned the Mystics' playoff chances on their head. With only two games remaining, a playoff berth, while not impossible, is looking far more elusive.
It's never easy to beat a full-strength conference-leading team playing at home on fan appreciation day. It's even harder to beat a strong team like the Fever if you shoot less than 30% from the floor. And that's what the Mystics did. They shot an appalling 28.9% from the floor in Indy today, with a very predictable result.
The Mystics came out of the gate lagging, as Indiana opened with a 16-2 run, and at the end of the 1st quarter Washington trailed, 22-14. The Mystics re-grouped during the 2nd & 3rd periods and even led by a point at the start of the final quarter. But Indy began the 4th period with a 9-0 run and never looked back.
Lang was the Mystics' leading scorer, with 13 points. Lindsey added 12, and Marissa finished with 11 off the bench. Alana, who missed the last two games because of her sprained left ankle, didn't start but played a little over 17 minutes, scoring 6 points. Matee, who notched a career-high 32 points on Friday in Chicago, was held scoreless today, going 0-10. Ouch!
The Fever, who had already locked up first place in the East, have now swept the season series with the Mystics, 4-0. The Mystics have dropped to 15-17.
We can only hope now that with the right combination of wins by the Mystics in their remaining two games, and losses by other teams, the Mystics can garner a playoff spot in the still tightly-bunched Eastern Conference. We can still hope. But in truth, it looks like the nearer the destination, the more the Mystics' playoff chances are slip sliding away.