Another close game. Another loss for the Washington Mystics. They fell to the Las Vegas Aces, 83-77, on Wednesday night. The Mystics are now 3-2 after starting the season 3-0, making this a two-game losing streak. This isn’t the time to worry just yet, but with an already reduced season of 22 games we may have to be a bit skeptical.
Washington started off the game on a great run leading 11-2, but then both teams could not get the shots to fall for almost three minutes. The Mystics lead by as much as 11 in the first quarter before the Aces stormed back to close the gap ending the quarter down two, 21-19. And that was pretty much how majority of the game went. The Mystics would have a slight lead and the Aces would come back to reduce their deficit.
In the first half, Washington led 37-35 behind Emma Meesseman’s 15 points and eight rebounds. The Mystics struggled from three-point in the first half (23.1 percent) and in the entire game (30.8 percent), which is something they’ve excelled at this season and previous seasons. Meesseman went on to score a game-high 24 points and tied a career-high in rebounds with 13.
The 2019 #WNBA Finals MVP @EmmaMeesseman showed out in the 1st half with 15 PTS & 8 REB on @NBATV!@VisitBradenton | #BradentonArea pic.twitter.com/zJCQNTk2AV— WNBA (@WNBA) August 6, 2020
Behind Meesseman was Myisha Hines-Allen with 18 points and 10 rebounds making this her fourth game with at least 15 points and seven rebounds. Leilani was the third and final Mystic in double figures with 11 points and four assists.
As for the Aces, they had five players who scored double digits, two of which came off the bench. A’ja Wilson had 20 points, Danielle Robinson had 20, Kayla McBride had 14, Angel McCoughtry had 13 and Dearica Hamby had 12. Las Vegas’ benched outscored the Mystics reserves 34-9. The Aces even had 30 attempts at the free throw line, while Washington had a total of 11 attempts.
The odds were definitely just not in Washington’s favor. After Mitchell made a lay-up with a little over nine minutes left in the fourth to bring the Mystics lead within one, 61-60, the Aces would go on to take the lead for the remainder of the game notching the win not allowing Washington to gain any momentum.
"I'll take that" - Lei, probably pic.twitter.com/NoPkYkBvBg— Washington Mystics (@WashMystics) August 6, 2020
Washington at 3-2 has now fallen to sixth place after starting at first and then third. From now until August 15, the Mystics only have one day separating them from their next game. It’s not until after August 15 that Washington gets a four-day gap before their next opponent.
With that being said, the Mystics continue their schedule this Friday at 7 p.m. ET facing the New York Liberty. The game will be televised on ESPN 2.