The Mystics were blown out 94-68 on Tuesday night by the Connecticut Sun on Tuesday night.
After an otherwise great first quarter when Washington led 26-19, it was all Connecticut the rest of the way when they went on a 26-9 run in the second quarter alone. In that period, Washington shot just 4 of 19 from the field while the Sun had a relatively balanced attack, led by Morgan Tuck who scored nine of her 14 points in that period.
Jonquel Jones led all scorers with 23 points on 10 of 12 shooting while four others also scored in double figures for the Sun.
For the Mystics, Elena Delle Donne shot 9 of 14 for 21 points, but she only scored two points in the second half. No other Washington player scored in double figures tonight.
Here are the takeaways:
We miss Natasha Cloud
Most of the Mystics were stateside during the winter, either to get cured from injuries or just focus on adding skills. Cloud was one of those players and she is shooting a career high percentage but she sat out due to a concussion. In her place, Tierra Ruffin-Pratt started at the shooting guard positions, scoring six points on just 2 of 10 shooting. TRP is a good defender and a good playmaker for others. But like Cloud until this season,ereer she just couldn’t make shots and is still struggling to do so this season.
The Mystics could miss the playoffs this season
The Mystics’ disturbing trend of second half slumps continues. After a strong first half of the regular season where they saw themselves in the Top 3 or 4 in the WNBA standings most of the summer, the Mystics lost to an eighth place Sun team that was effectively fighting for their playoff lives considering that the ninth place Aces are surging.
Washington already lost twice in a week (and a tiebreaker) to the Atlanta Dream who are now second place in the standings and are now just tied with the Connecticut Sun. They have to play against the Wings twice who they lost to already, the Mercury, Storm, Lynx, and Sparks to close out the season. Given how things are going, don’t be surprised to see the Mystics sitting home after August 19 and the Las Vegas in their place.
The Mystics are now in the All-Star Break until next Tuesday when they play the Atlanta Dream on July 31.