Lang (again) led all scorers with 23 points (and recorded yet another double-double, pulling down 10 boards). Mo added 17 points, Katie finished with 12, and Chas rounded out the Mystics' double-figure scoring with 10 (and that's not counting the 2 points she scored for the Sun on a tap-in going for a rebound).
And though she fell a couple points shy of double figures, rookie Jacinta Monroe made her first appearance at home (she played in 2 games on the road) since missing 15 games due to her hand injury and put on quite an impressive show. In only 8 minutes off the bench, Jacinta was perfect from the floor (3 of 3, including two beautiful reverse layups and a long 2-point jumper) and perfect from the free throw line (2 of 2). She showed remarkable poise for a rookie, particularly one who's missed so much of the season. Her performance was rewarded with a huge ovation from the crowd as she was subbed out of the game . . . and that, we can assure you, brought a big smile to the rookie's face. It's great to see Jacinta back in action, and playing so well!
Tonight's win was sooooo important to the Mystics' playoff hopes. Not only did they improve to 17-12 on the season but, most important, they opened up a 3-game lead over the Sun for the 4th and final playoff spot in the East (with 5 games left to play). But they're not guaranteed a spot yet and the playoff picture remains tight in the East. The Mystics are only a half game behind New York and Atlanta and 2 games behind the Conference-leading Fever. It's going to be a heck of finish to the regular season. Every game counts!
And that includes the next game for the Mystics: Friday night (7 PM) in the Phone Booth against Minnesota. The Lynx (who beat San Antonio this evening on the road) are in their own playoff race in the West. Another big game . . . for both teams.
Go Mystics . . . Beat the Lynx!