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Mystics vs. Liberty final score: Washington loses sixth straight, 88-81

Stewart W. Small

The Washington Mystics (9-14) lost to the New York Liberty (18-7), 88-81, dropping their last six games.

The Good News

In the first quarter, the Mystics scored 23 points and held the Liberty to 17.

Emma Meesseman had yet another 20 point game, her sixth of the season and her eleventh game with more than 15 points. She hit 3-of-5 three-pointers and grabbed five rebounds in 29 minutes.

Kahleah Copper started the game and had nine points in 17 minutes, hitting both of her 3 point attempts, but pulled up gimpy bringing the ball down the floor in the third quarter and did not return.

The Bad News

Poor shooting from the usual suspects.

Tayler Hill did not play today due to a left leg injury. But Ivory Latta (18%) and Bria Hartley made one shot in 10 minutes, Cloud went 1-of-5 in 24 minutes. The worst part was that the Mystics had a disastrous second quarter and allowed the Liberty to score 30 points, to their own 14. That quarter basically made the difference in this game because the other three quarters were relatively evenly matched.

The Neutral News

The Mystics have a 9-14 record and are going to have to fight for their playoff lives, just like they did last year.

Stefanie Dolson went 6-of-12 for 13 points, her seventh double-digit game, and grabbed six rebounds. Latta and Cloud had six assists apiece, and the Mystics had 19 total assists. And, here is an obvious sign of relief:

Big Mama Stef with her first three of the season! #Wnba #Mystics

A video posted by Elle (@ellelovesbb_) on

But the problem is clearly that no one is showing any consistency besides Meesseman. The Mystics did hit 11-of-22 threes and 20-of-23 free throws, so there's that, but it still wasn't enough.