Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Couldn't Hang On.

After the Mystics' disappointing effort in Seattle on Sunday, the good news is that the team found a lot more offense last night against Sacramento; the bad news is that it wasn't quite enough, as the Mystics lost to the Monarchs, 81-87.

Yesterday's game was one of those up and down affairs . . . the Mystics were behind by only a single point at the half, took the lead after the break, lost it, tied it up at 75 with only 1:43 remaining (thanks to a big 3-pointer by Monique Currie), but couldn't hang on, as the Monarchs responded with an 8-0 run that put them ahead for good. Close, but still no "W."

Alana Beard scored a game-high 31 points, Mo added 17 (and 7 assists!), and Nakia Sanford, again coming off the bench, played like her old self in the first half, as she scored 10 points for the Mystics before the break. Unfortunately, her old self then stayed in the locker room, as Kia also finished the game with just those same 10 points.

Probably the most remarkable statistic of the night was the 17 points put up by the Monarch's PG (and former Old Dominion superstar), Ticha Penicheiro, who is known far more for her incredible passing skills (she had 8 assists last night) than for her scoring. DC-area natives Kara Lawson and Rebekkah Brunson scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, for Sacramento. And sadly for Maryland fans, neither Lang nor Harp had a good night, both playing about 13 minutes but scoring 0 and 2, respectively.

With the season nearly half over, the Mystics now return home having gone 1-2 on their west coast swing, dropping to 6-10 overall. The Mystics' Every-Sunday-In-July-Series begins this week at 1 PM, when they host San Antonio at the Phone Booth.


At 7:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can anyone explain the Mystics lack of ball movement? It seems that whenever I watch a game, the other team passes around the perimeter and in-and-out of the paint to open up players for a shot. Our guards wait for the forward to make a cut away from the defense, rather than draw the defense away from the forward by passing to the weak side.
Okay, I'll go off and be quiet now. Just had to grouse after the loss.

At 7:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the picture of Walter Lloyd. That's one of my favorite movies!

At 12:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stewart, that's Harold Lloyd in the pic. Great that you know him, though, as he hasn't been exactly a household name in ages, not even on a level with Chaplin or Keaton.

Of course I'd have prefered a Stics road win, but I'm always happy to see a good game from Ticha, my favorite WNBA player of all time.



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