Thanks to the Mystics' slow start this season, practically every game now is a must win if they want to make the playoffs. There's nothing quite like that to focus a team's attention, and indeed the Mystics were totally focused this weekend, playing games against the two teams they are battling for the final playoff spot. After beating the Liberty on Friday night, the Mystics faced the Sky this afternoon at the Verizon Center, and notched another crucial win, 71-66.
In a game that was close through most of the 40 minutes, the Mystics' All Stars, DeLisha and Alana, shined -- scoring 20 and 18 points, respectively. DeLisha, who played all 40 minutes, added 10 boards for a double-double, and also dished out 6 assists. But the Mystics' bench was the real difference-maker today, as Coco Miller, with 16 points, outscored the Sky's entire bench (15 points) single handedly. And rookie Gillian Goring, in a little more than 7 minutes of playing time, had a huge block, 4 rebounds, and 4 points, and was a major contributor to the Mystics' victory.
Today's win moved the Mystics into fourth place in the East, a game in front of Chicago. Unfortunately, the Mystics have a tough road ahead, as they leave tomorrow morning at 8am for a four-game west coast swing, playing San Antonio on Tuesday, L.A. on Thursday, Seattle on Saturday, finishing with a back-to-back against Sacramento on Sunday. Whew.
It's always fun to watch the Mystics win, and they did it this afternoon in front of two former teammates, and against two former teammates. In other words, for those without calculators, there were four former Mystics in the house.