The Mystics (3-2) have a chance to solidify and improve upon their overall 5th ranking in the association on Wednesday. They are second in the Eastern Conference, the Connecticut Sun (1-4) are tenth overall and fifth in the East.
Where and When: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. 11:30 a.m. ET.
Streaming: WNBA League Pass, Monumental Network.
And so, I have to mention that Ivory Latta is writing a children's book! Awesome!
What a cool idea, surely it suggests that the Mystics as an organization are in favor of family, and development. Ahem.
This is the sixth game of a 34 game season. The sprint hits its first curve for the Mystics and a chance to get some breathing room.
In the next eight games they play the Sun, Dream, Sky and Fever once. The Lynx and Dallas twice. They could easily be 9-5 by June 25.
The Mystics have been doing some good things, even with a middling record.
Specifically, they are third in points per possession and lead the association in rebound percentage, which is very encouraging. This started out as a ‘bad game’ for EDD.
And there are the things that they are doing poorly. They are last in converting fast break points, a hold over from last year, and 11th in scoring points in the paint, though that could easily change as the team gets into a rhythm.
The bench is ranked fifth in the association. They may be underrated. In the next seven to ten games, we will see. That is how long Emma Meesseman is gone to play for her national team, the Belgian Cats.
The one thing I am looking for while she is gone, is perimeter defense and how the bigs hustle. I may have noticed something last year that I mentioned in a post:
"And New York’s Tina Charles is just the latest big to start to take advantage of what last year’s MVP, Elena Delle Donne, seems to have gotten all along: Rise up and shoot."
I bring that up for one reason: Meesseman and EDD have different scoring styles and one is a better defender. Can EDD do both?
The Mystics will need someone with her length to make an impact on the defensive end. It will go a long way to get the Mystics out of the basement in outlet/transition points. As I mentioned, they are dead last.
All the little things and fundamentals that Meesseman is overlooked for, will be on display while she is gone. That’s a tall order for EDD and the bench to execute, no pun intended.
What to watch out for
Jonquel Jones destroyed the Sky on Sunday, scoring 23 points and grabbing 21 rebounds. Yup. Twenty-one. And she is averaging a double-double for the season.
This will be an immediate test to see if Krystal Thomas and Tianna Hawkins can box this gal out!
The Sun also have four players averaging 10 points or more. Jones, Morgan Tuck, Jasmine Thomas, and Lynetta Kizer. Despite being 1-4 for the season, they definitely have the tools to make a team look silly if they are not completely focused.
Records out the window, this should be a real challenge to see where the Mystics are defensively.