The Mystics' flirtation with first place in the East lasted all of about 24 hours, as Washington fell to New York at Madison Square Garden this afternoon, 75-67 . . . and dropped back into second place. Easy come, easy go.
Playing in the Big Apple has often been challenging for the Mystics, and once again today's game story was "Mystics Struggle at the Garden." Washington started the game looking somewhat sluggish, perhaps a bit rusty from their 12-day layoff. Although the Mystics managed to climb back late in the first quarter and tie the game at the half, a weak 3rd quarter, resulting in a 10-point deficit, forced them to play catch-up in the final period. Disappointingly, they never did . . . catch-up, that is.
Four Mystics finished in double figures, but so did four of the Libs. One of those four for NY was Kalana Greene, who scored 11 points off the bench, including 9 in the 3rd period, which helped break the game open for the Liberty. Lang added another double-double to her resume in the losing effort, leading all scorers with 19 points, and pulling down 10 rebounds. Mo (12), Katie (11), and Lindsey (10) rounded out the double-digit scoring for the Mystics.
The Mystics now head back to DC for a 3-game homestand . . . all against in-conference opponents. First up is a 4 PM match against Chicago on Sunday. Needless to say, this is an important game, as the Mystics really need to hold serve in the Phone Booth to avoid any further slide down the Eastern Conference rankings.
Go Mystics . . . Beat the Sky!