The Mystics (16-11) did not take care of business tonight. In fact, it was quite the opposite.
Without Elena Delle Donne and Tayler Hill, it was July 2016 all over again. No help for Emma Meesseman.
Couldn't find our spark tonight #MysticsSparks #EyesUpDC pic.twitter.com/vDsuF8MgdV— Washington Mystics (@WashMystics) August 17, 2017
Emma Meesseman dropped 16 in the first half. And besides Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, it was absolute tumbleweeds. The second half of the game the Sparks were triple teaming her, and she ended the game with 20 points, seven rebounds, and three assists.
Can't spell makes many buckets without EMMA! She's got 16 on the night so far! #MysticsSparks pic.twitter.com/NR45QJWKEU— Washington Mystics (@WashMystics) August 16, 2017
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough 16 points, was the only other bright spot in the game. The rookie is really showing her potential!
The rook takes it to the #MysticsSparks pic.twitter.com/qH4HZGpB3w— Washington Mystics (@WashMystics) August 17, 2017
What went wrong: Everything
This was the worst showing of the season by the team. They simply could not hang onto the ball. Twenty turnovers.
Krystal Thomas four points and 6 rebounds. Underwhelming.
Kristi Toliver 11 points, five rebounds, and two assists. Not an All star type performance, and the Mystics needed it.
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt two points, two rebounds and two assists. Unacceptable.
Tianna Hawkins four points, two rebounds and two assists.
Natasha Cloud and Ivory Latta had ZERO POINTS, a rebound and five assists between them. FAIL.
I am hoping that Coach Thibault can right the ship as soon as possible because the Mystics remaining schedule is super tough. They take on Phoenix on Friday.
At least it is good to hear that EDD is training hard for her come-back!
"The grittiness is something special..."@De11eDonne speaks on the impressive @WashMystics! #WatchMeWork pic.twitter.com/ga2odN8ig5— WNBA (@WNBA) August 16, 2017