The Washington Mystics defeated the Indiana Fever, 76-62, at the Verizon Center. The Mystics had another solid showing from the usual suspects in the first meeting between the two Eastern Conference teams. They have won three straight games and that bodes well, getting back to .500.
The Good News
The Mystics came out balanced. That cannot be overstated.
Meesseman scored 12 points on 55% shooting, grabbing 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Her scoring wasn't high, but she contributed with SIX STEALS. Star power? How about just grit power.
Tayler Hill led all scorers with 16 points and shot 8 of 11 from the free throw line. Just to put a bug in her ear...she has a trailer on fast breaks, Washington is last in the association on converting, please look for your teammates.
I would personally like to give the game ball to Kia Vaughn and Kahleah Copper who just continue to deliver in crunch time. Their combined 12 points and 10 rebounds were so valuable off the bench to keep Indiana neutralized.
Washington also did a good job defensively on the Fever, in particular, Tamika Catchings who scored 10 points on 4 of 12 shooting.
The Bad News
There was no bad news except for perhaps Tierra Ruffin-Pratt's four turnovers and 1-of-4 shooting performance.
The Smidge Better than Neutral News
The Mystics have a 7-7 record now and hit the .500 mark for the first time this season. But they have been rolling down-hill since June 5th, according to WNBA.com, below.
It has taken this team a moment to pull together, but they won five out of their last six games. Bottom line, they're one of the best teams in the association right now.
MYSTICS WIN jam Indy 76-60 pic.twitter.com/bz8OVILQYU— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) June 23, 2016
I will speak for myself, but I love watching this team.
The Mystics are young, talented and smart. Add in the young core's experience plus Mike Thibault's great coaching and they will be something extra special. The grit that the Mystics possess in hostile environments shows its character, and now the Verizon Center is seeing the fruits of their labor.
Finally, we had some notable Wizards guests:
Scott Brooks in the house for the @WashMystics game. Well done DC resident.— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) June 23, 2016
Markieff Morris is also at the #MysticsFever game. I missed the Vine part :(— Albert L. (@aleeinthedmv) June 23, 2016