September 20, 2020

Washington Mystics Game 3 Recap: Mystics fall 73-65 to Storm

Fresh off their first win of the season Friday night, the Washington Mystics faced the Seattle Storm at Verizon Center, but came up short, losing 73-65 to fall to 1-2 on the season, and 0-2 at home.

Like the Mystics, the Seattle Storm played on the road Friday night, but were still 0-3, trying to find their first win of the season. “They came out and played with a little more desperation. I think their veteran leaders were good,’’ said Mystics coach Mike Thibault. “They shot the ball much better in the second half.”

”The first half was really ugly both ways,” said Thibault. ”The second half stayed ugly for us other than a few minutes, and I thought that the more desperate team body language-wise won the game.”

A 13-2 run during the third quarter enabled the Storm to run away with the game.

The Mystics were outrebounded 32-30, and Thibault pinpointed that as an area that the team needs to improve upon. At Indiana on Friday, the Mystics outrebounded the Fever 41-31, in a game they dominated from start to finish.

When frustration sets in, the Mystics seem to forget the basics. Thibault said the team will work on going “back to the fundamentals” in upcoming practices.

Kia Vaughn agrees. “We just have to buckle down and stick to what we are good at,” she said.

Emma Meesseman led the team in scoring with 12 points, accounting for 10 of the Mystics 14 points in the first quarter. Ivory Latta added 10 points, including 2 3-point baskets.

About Katie Brown

Katie Brown is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Capitals. She resides in Arlington, VA, and developed a love for the sport of hockey as a youngster while watching her brothers play. Katie works at a nonprofit organization by day but the rest of her time is devoted to watching, writing, and talking about hockey and perfecting her mean one-timer. She is co-host of Girls Just Wanna Have Puck podcast. You can follow Katie on Twitter @katie_brown47.

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