December 16, 2019

Washington Mystics Game 9 Recap: Mystics drop third straight game, lose to Phoenix Mercury, 81-66

Monique Currie scored 9 points in Tuesday's loss to the Mercury. Image courtesy of Monumental Network.

Monique Currie scored 9 points in Tuesday’s loss to the Mercury. Image courtesy of Monumental Network.

The Washington Mystics hoped for a better start to their homestand than an 81-66 loss to the Phoenix Mercury, their third consecutive loss, and longest losing streak of the season.

An ugly but effective first half (24 rebounds, 17/39 from the field) saw the Mystics tied 37-37 at the half, but things dissolved  for the home team in the second half, as they have frequently this season. The Mercury went on a 10-0 run in the third quarter, and outscored the Mystics 23-16 in that span.

Coach Mike Thibault has struggled to find a consistently successful lineup in the second half of games this season, and shuffled players quite a bit during Tuesday night’s loss. He told reporters he “wasn’t happy” with the team’s performance in the third quarter particularly, but it showed how much they still need to improve as a young team.

“We’ve got some growing up to do as far as having a sense about the game, and the other part is our shooting,” said Thibault. “Our three primary guards tonight were 8 for 29. That’s a struggle for us. I was glad to see Mo [Currie] come in and kind of get herself going a little bit. I thought Emma played well but they [Phoenix] did a better job in the second half,” said Thibault. “Phoenix is really good and apparently they don’t foul.”

That is no exaggeration: Washington went 3-for-5 at the free throw line. Five attempts for the entire game.

Guards Bria Hartley and Ivory Latta each went 3-for-11 from the field, and Kara Lawson went 2-for-7 on the night, with a team-high 6 assists. Emma Meesseman led the team with 14 points and 7 rebounds; Kia Vaughn scored 6 points and had a team-high 9 rebounds; and Tianna Hawkins scored 6 points and had 6 rebounds. Monique Currie looked perhaps her most comfortable all season, scoring 9 points and adding 3 rebounds. 

Brittney Griner led the Mercury with 20 points; Diana Taurasi had 10 assists, and Candice Dupree had 9 rebounds.

The Mystics have two more games at home, two more chances to turn things around before going on the road.

“For us, it is about having quality effort for the entire game,” said guard Kara Lawson. “This league is difficult. It’s not easy, so you are not going to go through undefeated and we know that. We definitely have to try to get out of this losing streak.”

 

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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