Friday, June 11, 2010

Easy as One-Two-Three

All the Mystics had to do to grab a 95-78 road victory against the Chicago Sky this evening was:

1) Allow their 1-guard, Lindsey Harding, to slice through the Sky defense time and again to score in transition, plus knock down a couple of big threes, to lead all scorers with a blistering (season high) 25 points!

2) Then bring in their reserve 2-guard, Matee Ajavon, to add 14 points (including several off-balance, heading to the foul-line, circus-quality buckets) and plenty of offensive and defensive energy that helped the Mystics keep the Sky off balance.

3) And, of course, have Mo Currie, the Mystics' starting 3, put in another strong performance (as she's done several times already this season), finishing with 22 points plus plenty of other good stuff on her stat line.

Easy as 1-2-3!

The resolution of the Live Access feed from Chicago was quite poor (we sometimes found ourselves wondering where the ball was), but as Mystics fans, there was little else to complain about tonight. Thanks to the sharpshooting of the Mystics' backcourt trio -- and that of Nakia, who added 10 points -- Washington shot over 61% from the floor (including 64% from beyond the arc). The Mystics also out-rebounded the Sky 31-19, limiting Chicago to a single shot on most possessions. Those would be impressive numbers against any opponent, but they are particularly impressive against a team that includes 6'6" Big Syl on its roster.

When perimeter players are racing up the court in transition and knocking down jumpers or driving inside (somtimes against much bigger players) and scoring there as well . . . and the team nearly ends up in triple digits, it's a fun game to watch, and that's what tonight's game was, fun.

Now we just hope the Mystics aren't too tired from tonight's effort (or too relaxed after securing an important road win) because, as our readers know, the team has to turn around quickly, get back to D.C., and play New York tomorrow night at 7 PM. The Liberty also played the first half of their back-to-back earlier, defeating Atlanta tonight in Madison Square Garden by a score virtually identical to that of the Mystics-Chicago match, 91-79.

Go Mystics! Beat New York!


At 12:16 AM, Anonymous Sue said...

Also add that though she didn't score much, Lang kept going after the ball, netting 7 boards (I think). Currie also snagged 7 to go along with her pts.

Marissa hit a couple of shots which looked great. Couldn't get back onto the floor due to how ON FIRE Ajavon was.

I sure hope they can get Monroe up to speed soon. We need her height to defend teams with BIGS. But, luckily our posts are doing their jobs fairly well (knock on wood).

Lindsey was looking like the player she became her senior year at Duke, when she beat out THE Candace Parker for a NPOY award.

Great victory tonight in Chicago. Now let's contain Cappie and beat the Foxwoods Sat. night at the booth.

At 6:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Matee was great. Just what need....someone coming off the bench and scoring. Great game.


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