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Keys to the Palace: Handing out weekly awards in the post-Olympic break

A lot of keys. And a lot of lockouts.

The Mystics huddle before their game against the San Antonio Stars. NBA/Getty Images

The Washington Mystics split their last two games over the weekend. They won 92-69 over the Fever on Saturday and lost 85-74 the following day to the San Antonio Stars.

Let’s hand out some virtual hardware after the weekend’s results.

Keys to the Palace

Tayler Hill - 22 ppg, 3.5 apg, 2.5 rpg

Hill scored a career high 26 points in the loss to the San Antonio Stars and added another 18 points in the big win against the Fever. More importantly, Hill shot 41.9 percent from the field and 50 percent from the three point line, much better than her performance in July.

Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, 14 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.5 spg

TRP isn’t known for being a scoring machine, but she was the Mystics second leading scorer this past week, which is double her season average. In addition, she continues to be one of D.C.’s consistent rebounders and defenders where she shines the most.

Guest Passes

Emma Meesseman, 13.5 ppg, 6 rpg

Elle mentioned in the San Antonio recap that Meesseman is the target of double teams which contributed to a 4 of 11 shooting performance against the Stars. That’s fair, and expected. But Meesseman still isn’t getting to the line enough though she is working on improving that part of her game as well.

Stefanie Dolson, 11 ppg, 3.5 rpg

The good news, Dolson scored in double digits in each game. The bad news, Dolson should be grabbing more rebounds in the amount of time she gets.

Kahleah Copper, 9.5 ppg, 3 rpg

Copper’s 17 point outburst in the Indiana game was excellent and worthy of a Key, but following that up with a 1 of 8 shooting performance the following day vs. San Antonio isn’t acceptable.

LaToya Sanders, 4.5 ppg, 2 rpg, 2 bpg

Sanders just started getting back in the WNBA grind and we’ve already seen her make a defensive impact. She blocked three shots in the Indiana game on Saturday, and stole the ball twice in the San Antonio game. We’ll see how her offense holds up in later games.

Natasha Cloud, 3.5 ppg, 5 apg

Cloud has been very efficient distributing the basketball this past weekend as she dished 10 total assists compared to just two turnovers. It’s safe to say that she has secured the starting point guard role for the rest of the season. That said, Cloud should look for her shot a bit more.

Locked Out

Ivory Latta, 3 ppg

Latta shot 2 of 7 in both games since the post Olympic break began. She didn’t play more than 15 minutes in either game but she should have been better.

Kia Vaughn, 1 ppg, 3.5 rpg

Vaughn’s scoring was quite bad. Though she remained a consistent rebounder over the weekend and grabbed 5 rebounds in 10 minutes against San Antonio, Vaughn is capable of doing more than what she showed last weekend.

Leilani Mitchell, 1 ppg, 0.5 apg

Yes, she’s new to the team, but I think 3 turnovers in 12 minutes against the Fever was a bit much.

Too little time to make an evaluation

Ally Malott played two minutes in the win against Indiana where she dished an assist.

Injured and otherwise

Bria Hartley is out on maternity leave. And if you’re looking for them, Tianna Hawkins and Jamie Weisner were waived last week.