Poor Resolution . . . and Poor Execution
Perhaps we should be thankful that the resolution of the Live Access video feed coming from the Mohegan Sun Arena this afternoon was so bad that it was nearly unwatchable. Otherwise the very bad play coming from the Mystics (en route to their first loss of the season) might have looked even worse.
We give credit to the Sun of course, for their 80-65 win, but they definitely got a bit of help this afternoon from the Mystics. Four shot clock violations by Washington (two coming directly out of time outs), squandered transition opportunities, inopportune fouls, and poor shooting from the free throw line (69.6%) all played a large role in the Mystics' defeat. Poor execution all around.
During the first half, both teams played less-than-inspired basketball. It was a close half -- but not a well-played half -- of basketball. Neither team could pull away, and Connecticut headed to the locker room holding a slim lead at the break, 31-28. But the second half was another story. With the score tied at 35 midway through the third quarter, the Mystics went utterly, completely, and thoroughly flat . . . offensively and defensively. Connecticut went on a 25-5 run. Game. Set. Match to the Sun. Overall, the Sun's shooting was as mediocre as the Mystics' (both shot 39% for the game), but during that big run, Connecticut rained down 3s, finishing the day with 9 from behind the arc to Washington's 3.
Crystal Langhorne actually led all scorers with 16 (though we're sure she'd rather have a win than scoring honors). Marissa Coleman (11 points off the bench) and Katie Smith (10 pts) were the only other Mystics to hit double figures.
Washington needs to regroup quickly, as the team now heads out west to face the Western Conference-leading Seattle Storm on Tuesday and the struggling, but hungry, LA Sparks on Friday. Hopefully, the Mystics can find a way to get back on track before returning home for a re-match with Connecticut next Sunday afternoon at the Phone Booth.
Go Mystics . . . Beat the Storm!