The Washington Mystics lost to the Chicago Sky, 84-86 in overtime. The Sky won the first two meetings between the two when they played back-to-back on June 1st and 3rd, which would have still been the pre-season in a non-Olympic year.
The Good News
Kia Vaughn scored 20 points, Tayler Hill scored 25, and Emma Meesseman had five assists to go with her 12 points. The Mystics also led at the first half, 50-40. Things were looking bright.
The Bad News
There was so much bad news from that game, where to begin?
Dolson picked up touch fouls that sent her to the bench for most of the game, which was unfortunate because she still had six rebounds in 14 minutes.
Meesseman did not get going in the second half. Credit the Sky for being able to jam her at will. Literally and figuratively speaking. She also had no free throw attempts.
And here are some more frustrating stats:
- Natasha Cloud had 3 points tonight after being in a rhythm over the last several games.
- Tierra Ruffin-Pratt had FIVE turnovers.
And even with the Mystics squandering a 10 point halftime lead to make this an overtime game, they still had multiple chances to put this game away.
However, Ruffin-Pratt turned it over for an Elena Delle Donne easy two to tie the game with less than a minute left.
.@De11eDonne made a huge steal and created a transition finish in OT for @wnbachicagosky! #WNBAVine https://t.co/Tewxvc5d9H— WNBA (@WNBA) July 2, 2016
And Courtney Vandersloot hit the winning shot to give them the win.
.@Sloot22 hits the tough game winner late in OT for the @wnbachicagosky! #WatchMeWork #WNBAVine https://t.co/AGKzmDZa20— WNBA (@WNBA) July 2, 2016
If I see one more team score at the top of the key, I am going to start questioning SOMEONE.
I very, very rarely have an issue with the refereeing in any game, but there were clearly some things that tilted in the Sky's favor. That being said, the Mystics did not close this game out when they had multiple opportunities to do so.
The Neutral News
The Mystics have a 9-9 record and are fourth in the overall standings..
The Mystics are starting out on a 5 game road trip, which they have handled well all season. They are fourth in the association in the power/playoff ranking, losing to the Sky was not a critical blow to the Mystics at all. Chicago needed this win way more.
This has to be another learning experience for the young squad.
A very brutal one: Don't expect contact to draw a foul.