December 16, 2019

Washington Mystics Game 7 Recap: Mystics lose to Fever, 64-61

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Washington’s Stefanie Dolson led the Mystics with 9 rebounds in their loss against the Indiana Fever. Image courtesy of Monumental Network.

 

Despite leading by double digit points at the half, the Washington Mystics were unable to extend their win streak to four games, and fell to the Indiana Fever, 64-61.

The Mystics held the Fever, (who they met twice in preseason play and once during regular season play and won each meeting), to 35% from the field, but only sunk 18 of 61 FG attempts.

Excellent team defense and rebounding were the keys to the Mystics’ three-game run, and compensated  for poor FG shooting, but it finally caught up with them Friday night, as coach Mike Thibault noted.

“We’ve survived the last couple of games on great effort on rebounds and half-court defense; for the most part we did a pretty good job of that other than for about four minutes in the third quarter,” he said.

A 35-26 lead at the half quickly disappeared in the third quarter, during which the Mystics were outscored 24-9, a season low. Thibault mused that on any night in the WNBA, if you hold a team to 64 points, you might win the game, but shooting 29% from the field is unacceptable, and the team missed a lot of easy baskets, and have been all season. Forward Emma Meesseman went 0-2 from the field and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt went 0-7 from the field.

“We were an awful offensive basketball team tonight, absolutely awful; if we would have shot a little over 30% we could have won the game,” said Thibault.” Our best shooters aren’t making shots and we missed layups, we were 2 for 15 from the 3 point line, we haven’t shot well from the 3 as a team all year.”

Bria Hartley led the team with 16 points, 2 assists and 5 rebounds; Ivory Latta added 12 points and 2 assists; Kia Vaughn scored 8 points and had 8 rebounds; and Stefanie Dolson contributed 10 points and a team-high 9 rebounds.

 

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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