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Mystics at Storm final score: Washington’s playoff hopes slipping away; lost to Seattle 105-71

At this point, does Washington keep fighting for hope or prepare early for next season?

Washington Mystics v Seattle Storm Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images

A loss is never the outcome many want for the Washington Mystics, but unfortunately things happen. Washington was blown out by the Seattle Storm 105-71 on the road and now adds another loss to their losing streak.

The Mystics were a bit turnover happy to start the game causing the Storm to jump out on a lead early on and not let up. Washington’s overall shooting was very poor as a unit and nothing would fall for them. As for Seattle, they shot close to 60 percent overall from the floor, while Washington shot close to 40 percent. Megan Gustafson and Shavonte Zellous both shot pretty well for the Mystics as Gustafson had 12 points and eight rebounds and Zellous scored 17 points off the bench.

Ariel Atkins, who had 13 points, joined Zellous and Gustafson as the only ones in double figures for Washington. As for our own MVP-candidate, Tina Charles only had four points and made one shot out of six attempts. Also, those four points were scored in the first half, as she remained scoreless in the second. Seattle also held Atkins to just two points in the second half as well.

Breanna Stewart went out the game late in the third quarter, but the Storm were doing just fine without her as Jewel Loyd finished with 20 points, Ezi Magbegor with 15 off the bench, Sue Bird with 14, Katie Lou Samuelson with 13 and Mercedes Russell with 11.

Washington now sits in ninth place hoping to keep their playoff dreams alive. There’s only four games left in the season and the Mystics honestly need to win all of them or preparations for the off season will begin immediately.

The Mystics have some time off as they head back home for one game before going back on the road. They play the Atlanta Dream on Friday night before heading up north on the road. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and will be televised on NBA TV.